reply to post by stumason
Granted, the recovery is patchy at the moment but things will pick up for everyone once it gets under way.
Patchy is very much an understatement.
I've seen no evidence of any recovery and nothing I've seen or read or been told leads me to suspect that if it is happening that it will spread to
the UK hinterlands.
I think it's difficult for many to understand just how hard things are at present, even those fortunate to be in employment are really struggling,
countless business buildings stand empty and people's lives are being destroyed - that's not sensationalism it's the reality that many are
Most people in Hartlepool stick by the stance taken against Able UK which doesn't have the best reputation here in the North East - we could both
trot out 'experts' who would give conflicting opinions on the potential environmental issues surrounding the 'ghost ships'.
Nissan is one employer - the North East needs a hundred Nissans.
As for re-generation projects - nearly all focussed on shopping centres etc, full of shops that people have no money to spend in.
Walk around my local town centre and you'll notice countless recently emptied premises boarded up - there is however an abundance of charity and
pound shops that seem to be quite busy.
Of course there are variations across the region and some sectors are doing relatively ok but as a generalisation I think it's very true to say that
the region and it's people are struggling with real and genuine hardship.
But yes, we do need a reboot and a wholesale reform of the current system, but at the same time, don't think for one minute the NE has been
The North East hasn't been forgotten, it's simply an irrelevance and a lost cause to The Tories and taken for granted by Labour.
It's a view that is supported by the London / Home Counties centric nature of UK politics, economy and MSM.
It does seem that this Government suffers from a chronic lack of self-publicity though and fails to hammer home the good things that are
Cameron and his pals are excellent self-publicists. Perhaps their failure to publicise 'the good things that are happening' is because there are
very few and those that are are heavily outweighed by the many bad things that are happening.
.....instead allowing their opponents to control the debate and point out "failures".
Their opponents aren't even doing a good job of that, even Kinnock was a more effective Opposition than Milibands lot.
I have my theories and opinions on that but I don't want to drail the thread too much.
At times I deliberately paint a gloomy picture and ignore the positives in order to drive home a point, and if I'm being entirely honest there's
probably an element of that in this post. But I don't think I can overstate the the misery, suffering and lack of hope and alienation many are
feeling and suffering at present.