SMUG homeowners in Cheshire and Lancashire are showing off to the rest of the UK about their highly exclusive hosepipe ban.
A United Utilities hosepipe ban in the north-west has left affluent south-easteners ashamed of their abundant, cheap water and verdant herbaceous borders.
Susan Traherne of Wilmslow said: “It must be easy for them down there in Kent. Just turn on the tap and away the sprinkler goes. So common.
“I look out at my wilting rhododendrons, my yellowing Lavatera, the roses which barely bloom before their petals fall, and the only comfort I can find is how superior I am than them.
“If I want my Siberian irises to flower, then I have to water them with Evian. I suppose they’re still using standard tap. How… appropriate.”
Margaret Gerving, a retired headmistresss of Guildford, said: “Damn it all. First London’s exposed as a big shithole and now this.”