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Handling of Covid-19 increases ‘red wall’ voters’ complaints of government

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/oct/18/handling-of-covid-19-increases-red-wall-voters-complaints-of-government

Northerners increasingly feel lockdown measures are unfairly imposed from above

Furious talk of the “north/south divide” surfaced again and again when I interviewed voters for my new book, Beyond the Red Wall.

Resentment is long-standing and reflected in recent polling by BritainThinks: 64% of people in the north-east, 68% in Yorkshire and 70% in the north-west believe that “other areas get more resource than mine” while only 32% of people in London and the south-east do. One “red waller” told me: “The north-west generates money and it all goes down to London. We create it, we need it, but they get it.” Another explained: “You could draw a line right across the middle of Britain – the bottom half is the haves and the top half is the have-nots.”

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