‘Red Wall’ communities to be hit harder by coronavirus recession than the South

Pittance: count your coppers if you live in the North of England or the Midlands – the Tories will starve you of cash and favour the South East as they try to recover from the coronavirus crisis.

Everybody in the former ‘Red Wall’ constituencies must be feeling properly humiliated now.

What a bunch of chumps. They voted Tory because they wanted to “Get Brexit Done” and now they find that the only things being “done” are they themselves.

Perhaps they’ll console themselves by thinking that even a Labour government would not have been able to stop Covid-19 ravaging the UK – but that’s only because the Tories, who they helped vote back into government, had failed to make the proper preparations in good time.

Whichever way you look at it, it seems everyone in those constituencies who switched their vote to Tory is about to get their just desserts. Let’s hope they learn their lesson, which is: never ever vote Conservative.

My sympathy goes out to everybody in the North who didn’t vote for the Tories but will suffer just as much as those who did.

Communities in the North will be hit more than twice as hard by the economic impacts of coronavirus than parts of the South, a new report has found.

The recession caused by the crisis, which Chancellor Rishi Sunak this week acknowledged would be “the likes of which we have never seen” will see an average fall of 12 per cent in permanent losses in economic output over the next five years across the so-called Red Wall, the Centre for Progressive Policy found.

It means areas in the North and the Midlands would be hit harder than communities in the South East, which would see average losses of five per cent.

The Red Wall crumbled at the 2019 general election in the face of the Conservatives’ advance, and the party has pledged to “level up” prosperity across the UK.

We can see very clearly that the Tory pledge to “level up” prosperity across the UK was never serious.

Source: ‘Red Wall’ communities to be hit harder by coronavirus recession than the South, report finds | Yorkshire Post

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4 thoughts on “‘Red Wall’ communities to be hit harder by coronavirus recession than the South

  1. Carol Fraser

    They were scammed by the ridiculous Take Back Control Slogan. Now look at the result. An absolute disaster.

  2. Growing Flame

    The “red wall” always contained a lot of Tory voters but never enough to actually return Tory MPs. But the Labour vote had been declining in those constituencies since the first Blair government failed to make significant changes to unemployment levels and, also, failed to deliberately engineer the return of well-paid industrial(male?) jobs to those areas. The Labour vote declined with each subsequent election so the writing was on the wall.
    One study revealed that the constituencies that finally went Tory were those with slightly better-off , older residents.
    Though we should never forget that many of these new Tories have very thin majorities and could be replaced if circumstances change.

    So all is not lost in those constituencies.
    Though I think that Labour should also focus on the voters who we DO appeal to, as scrabbling around trying to appease recent Tory converts could send us off on wild goose chases after Brexit cultists who will never return.

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