How the Scunthorpe area fits into the great North-South divide: Columnist Hugh Rogers examines the evidence
A study by Sheffield University recently highlighted the North/South divide, which ,say researchers, places Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Nottingham north of the border, whilst , bizarrely, Gainsborough and Lincoln are firmly in the southern camp. Their findings are based, apparently, upon the number of Labour MPs there are in different parts of the country. The inference is that if we had elected a Tory MP instead of Mr Dakin, we too would have been granted membership of the southern after eight mint fraternity.
But does it matter ? The Labour Party obviously think it does because their leader has now instructed its supporters to stop talking about the North/South divide because they believe such talk alienates the well-heeled southerner. It smacks of Orwell's Newspeak, but let us leave that on one side.
More importantly, how do you regard yourself ? Are you, at heart, a Soft Southerner, or a Gritty Northerner ? Or do you adhere to one of the two alternative splinter groups - the perpetual Midlander or (as the BBC weather bureau would have you believe) a member of the Eastern Association, like Lincoln, Norwich and Peterborough ? It's no good asking the Met. Office, by the way, because in their summary forecasts, they completely ignore the whole of Eastern England !
So let's run an informal poll. Vote now, vote early and as they allegedly say in Ireland, vote often!
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