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Cumbria: outdoors theme park or sprawling retirement village

An article in The Guardian newspaper recently claimed the North East of England was “teetering on the brink” and wondered if the region was in danger of becoming Britain’s Detroit – the first city in the US to be declared bankrupt.

Naturally this sparked an uproar among our northern neighbours.

But the concern in the argument isn’t without reason.

When the recent unemployment figures were announced they revealed a drop across the whole of the country – apart from in the North East.

We should worry less about whether Scotland decides to go independent and more about how England is being torn in two.

More and more we are becoming a nation of two halves.

In the wealthy, billionaire-stuffed south and south east there are so many jobs that immigrants are pouring in from across Europe and elsewhere.

According to a new study by the London School of Economics, nearly 40 per cent of all immigrants now live in London.

In the poor-but-lovely north many of our jobs are seasonal and our bright youth runs off to study in universities in better-off parts of the land.

Big business and the Government need to wake up to an increasingly divergent nation.

And improvements have to happen quickly. We are losing ground to other areas of the country.

Otherwise the North East could indeed become the UK’s Detroit and Cumbria runs the risk of turning into a glorified outdoors theme park or a sprawling retirement village.

Have your say

Even for us "youths" that return the house prices driven up by the need of second homes makes it difficult for us to even get a foot in the door

Posted by John on 11 November 2014 at 15:19

It's a big place. Can't it be both?

Posted by Dagsannr on 20 June 2014 at 09:50

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