I’ve never seen snow from the train that spans the country – from Durham to London, houses, fields and roads are covered by inches of snow. It seems ironic that this is the one news item uniting the country at the moment. I’m on the way to General Synod, and bracing myself for the southern factor. I am sure that in London papers and news broadcasts, the impression will be given that the brunt of recession is being felt in the south.
The southern factor, the bias that is shown by the media to the ‘poor’ bankers in London, and the myth that the recession is felt mostly in London, is false. Statistics show that actually there have been more job losses, more short working weeks, more factories and businesses closing in the north east than anywhere else in the country.
And as ever, it is those who are least likely to have a buffer against recession that suffer most. Imagine a family where both parents work, where one is told a few weeks before Christmas that they are going to have to accept a short working week, and a subsequent drop in salary. To pay for the presents already bought on credit, the other partner takes on more work, only to be told by her company that they too are in financial meltdown. Happy Christmas indeed.
So next time you read about the problems in the south, remember that the north had them first, and does them more comprehensively. Not something to boast about, but something the media should remember.