Britain is becoming more lop-sided and divided due to the anarchy of capitalism and the deliberate strategies of the EU.
A recent report by the influetial Work Foundation reveals that northern cities have been hit harder by the slump, with higher levels of unemployment, lower levels of employment in “growth sectors’” and greater numbers of low-skilled jobs. Proposed public-sector cutbacks will hit these areas even more as they rely heavily on public-sector jobs. London’s unemployment is now officially 9 per cent, even higher than Wales.
Britain cries out for a national plan to regenerate the whole country in an integrated fashion, to provide work, investment and hope to all regions of the country. Current strategies will exacerbate and heighten the differences. There is no national plan, whilst the EU’s master plan appears to focus only on those areas across Europe that are situated near the major intersecting road, rail and air networks, consigning parts of each nation state not adjacent to these key EU hubs to a policy of neglect, lack of investment and decline.
Our class must demand investment for the whole of Britain and identify an integrated development plan for our country. Once-economically active areas must not be allowed to become stagnant, depopulated backwaters.