Holy Island, 2015

A Northern Wake-Up Call: IPPR North Report Confirms Westminster Failings

How COVID-19 has intensified inequalities in Northern England

This week, IPPR North’s report The State of the North has confirmed what many Northerners have known since the height of Thatcher’s term in office. With Brexit and COVID-19, the North-South divide has grown dramatically – to a point that the gap between South East England and North West England could be akin to that of West Germany and East Germany prior to reunification.

Before last week, one of the few things that set Northern England apart from the South East of England was consigned to history forever. If you wanted to know where the North of England really began, it was at the most southerly terminus of a rail service that was served by Class 142 Pacer units. With franchised buses as part of a fully integrated transport system, Greater London feels like another planet compared with Greater Manchester.

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Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar: 8. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life

Frank Bernaerts’ arrangement of a late 1980s classic film theme

  • Piece: (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life
  • Composer: John DeNicola/Donald Markowitz/Franke Previte;
  • Arranger: Frank Bernaerts.

I think we might be missing the pub too much because of the pandemic, as we have another karaoke classic for you. If I had a working VHS video recorder, we could have quelled these blues with a 1980s video night. You couldn’t get more 1980s than ET or Dirty Dancing. Well, only if I planned this with a friend over the ‘phone and noted it down in my Filofax. With a six-pack of Quatro from Fine Fare.

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