Sir Philip Dilley has resigned as chairman of the Environment Agency after he was criticised for being in Barbados on holiday during the Christmas floods. The businessman said he was resigning in part because expectations of the £100,000-a-year role had expanded to require him to be available at short notice throughout the year, which he found “inappropriate”. [Inappropriate? On £100k per year?? What a fool!] Dilley denied giving “any untrue or misleading” impression about his whereabouts during the floods, after the Environment Agency initially would only say he was “at home with his family”, before later claiming he “was at home with his family, who are from Barbados”. It subsequently emerged he was at his property in Barbados, with his Jamaican wife. He acknowledged that the statement “in hindsight could have been clearer”. “I have today told the secretary of state of my decision to step down as chairman of the Environment Agency, and she has accepted my resignation,” Dilley said.