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MP sticks finger in the air in 'Thatcher's Beirut' and declares government is on course

Maria Eagle, Labour MP for Liverpool Garston, and all to likely the successor seat of Garston & Halewood has been doing some statistically valid polling in her highly representative seat:

"A lot of the travails that are supposedly besetting the Labour government are certainly not the things people raise with me when I am out and about in Liverpool. I haven't had a stream of angry people raising the sort of things you read in the papers". Source

I suspected that her constituency is not exactly middle England, and a bit of snooping around at the ever helpful UK Polling Report site, especially the comment thread, turned up the goods. Facts to note include the percentage of 16-74 year olds with no qualifications - 38%, graduates - 15.4%, no central heating and / or shared bathroom - 24.5%. Equivalent figures in my constituency, which is a marginal, are 25.3%, 21.9% and 8.4%. So, G&H is not exactly the garden of earthly delights, but it is the anecdotal evidence in reference to a particular estate that is more diverting:

"It was about 20 years ago but...Some of the blocks were completely abandoned, graffiti ridden with many flats boarded up and/or burnt out. Other flats were still occupied, with the obligatory washing lines on balconies. Stray dogs and feral children populated the streets. ...the North West region seems to provide the best material in England for those who enjoy the ‘pornography of poverty".

"Must have been a pretty frightening place for anyone to live, knowing that other flats around you were being gutted and vandalised".

"...at the end it earned the nickname “Thatcher's Beirut”.

So yes, Maria, assuming that Vox Liverpudlii, vox Dei will ensure you are swept to victory in 2010, but you might be a bit lonely on the opposition benches.
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Blogger CityUnslicker said... 11:40 am

or surrounded by less than friendly Liberal Dumocrats...  



Blogger Ed said... 1:35 pm

no central heating and / or shared bathroom

Am I right in thinking that to be part of the 75.5% one must have central heating and en-suite? Or is the bathroom shared with a whole other household?  



Blogger Newmania said... 12:05 am

Harriet Harman is always using that ..."people are not raising with me blah blah.. Westminster shit "I `m thinking of starting a campaign in Lewes for national Politics in the local Press. All we get is dog poo and Parking when quietly the country is drifting into the swamp because of National policy endorsed by our “Localist” MP. The irony is the Libs want PR and to forget all that local connection..

Some spellbinding quotes there C  



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