Austerity comes from the Ancient Greek austeros meaning harshness, sourness or bitterness. It roughly translates as "to singe the tongue".
Thousands of British people have been flooded out of their homes in the last few months, as they were in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009 and 2007. Two weeks ago our MPs launched a flooding inquiry, and they invited author and popular provocateur George Monbiot to explain the situation. This is what happened.
It all started 228 years ago in the French National Assembly, when revolutionaries sat on the left and monarchists on the right.