Category Archives: de-industrialisation

Oh fuck! Entering Stoke-on-Trent

Dalrymple says that on arriving in what he calls this

dreadful place

he always exclaims inwardly,

Oh fuck!

He writes:

You know at once that nothing can save it; it induces immediately a kind of despairing nihilism even in the most optimistic of souls. Any means to leave Stoke-on-Trent might seem justified.

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Thatcher the statist

Margaret Thatcher

extended the role of the state in the lives of millions….The de-industrialisation of large parts of Britain was almost certainly inevitable, short of what would have been disastrous protectionism; but the failure to replace the defunct industries by anything…meant there was no means of support for people other than the state. And this dependence (visible in South Wales and much of the North) has lasted for decades. It is a miserable state of affairs.