Geographically challenged

Is our John Harris.

If you want a case study in all this, try Hull. About one in five of the working population has no formal qualifications, and through 2008, the numbers claiming jobseeker\’s allowance went up by a third. The promotional blurbs for the local regeneration agency enthuse about the likes of Zara, H&M and Holiday Inn Express, which surely points up that circular fantasy whereby increasing numbers work in retail and hospitality, earning just about enough to keep other shops and hotels in business – until the music stops, and the model withers.

At the other end of the country, there\’s a paradigmatic success story that gets little attention: Cambridge,

143 miles, other end of the country, eh?

11 comments on “Geographically challenged

  1. Cambridge gets remarkably little attention for a small provincial city

    Gets far more than it deserves if you ask me.

    Jock
    in er… Oxford 🙂

  2. As someone who lived in Scotland and now lives in Northern Ireland, I find it highly amusing that the English refer to Yorkshire and thereabouts as “the North”. Have you any idea how long you have to spend driving south before you reach this “North” of yours?

  3. Yet another attack from a Guardianista. I watched the programme tonight and was quite disgusted.

    There are no cooling towers, nor a 3 three lane motorway between Leeds and Harrogate.

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