Stronger Towns – Stronger Together
There’s so much going on in this image and tweet I’m not sure where to begin … take a moment to take it all in. Let’s pause to note the language-spin of calling northern English towns completely undermined by years of London-centric economic misrule “Stronger Towns” and the sheer brazen opportunist cheek of May and her team.
The UK’s allocation under EU cohesion funding would be €13 billion compared with £1.6 billion under the PM’s proposed Stronger Towns Fund both over 7 years.https://t.co/LmjGcG5YFn pic.twitter.com/G5V3DZmNbs
— Nick Small (@CllrNickSmall) March 4, 2019
So obviously the first thing is that something called the “UK” morphs seamlessly from Slide A (green) to Slide B (yellow), which the quick-witted amongst you will have noticed is, er, England.
The second thing that may strike you is that, as the Guardian helpfully points out: “Much of the Stronger Towns Fund are to be allocated to leave-voting towns in north of England and Midlands”. So the algorithm seems to go something like this: vote for separatism under a misplaced sense of grievance: lose 13 billion euros (but get paid-off with a portion of £1.6 billion). Vote against being expelled from Europe despite being told the ONLY way you could stay within the EU was to vote NO in 2014, get sweet-fuck-all.
Third, you may have noticed that the numbers don’t quite add up.
May’s Brexit bribe loot equals a deficit.
Her “Stronger Towns Fund” equals £1.6 billion over six years/£266 million per year (Ingerlund only). The European Regional Development and European Social Fund equals £9.34 billion over six years/£1.56 billion per year (“UK” wide).
This is economic self-harm, nothing less.
Whatever happened to pooling and sharing?
As Alec Finlay writes: “45% of Scots votes for change in 2014, many in poor communities. They didn’t get bribes, they got The Vow.”