The south is on its way out of recession, but the north is stuck

Published Thu 15 Dec 2011
Yesterday's unemployment figures were startling. 2.68 million of our fellow citizens are now unable to find employment, the greatest number for seventeen years. The prime minister is fond of reminding us that every redundancy is a tragedy; if so, this must be a three-month mega-run of Hamlet, King Lear and Macbeth on loop.
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