Nine out of ten of the poorest areas in England are in the north-west, a church charity has said. Five of them are in Liverpool.
Full story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-18137739
and you can type in your postcode and find out where your locality stands on their list here : http://www.cuf.org.uk/povertyinengland
When I type in my postcode what it says doesn't surprise me. Some people like to moan about 'benefits culture' and declining moral & social standards but to my mind, they choose to ignore the elephant in the room... poverty.
After having the pleasure of moving to a more affluent part of our country for a portion of my adult life, I was shocked when I moved back to the Wirral to find just how under valued local people are. Lots of extremely intelligent people work very hard round these parts for not a lot of reward because basically there just isn't alot of opportunity to get ahead. To tell somebody in a dead end job on minimum wage that they are 'lucky to have a job' is a shockingly bad way to treat a fellow human being, and I believe a symptom bourne of selfishness and the economic devastation wreaked upon this country by 80's Thatcherism.
Remember the 'North/South Divide'? Well that is very real and although it lost it's buzzword status for the media long ago, it has never gone away. New Labour was a joke and it's socialism-lite did nothing to readdress the problem. The current economic malaise only reinforces the losses Merseyside previously suffered and never fully recovered from. Studies on wealth distribution bring home the cold reality of the situation.
Next time you see, hear or read about some form of anti-social behaviour, please think twice before you blame it on typical chav dole scum types or taking advantage of political correctness gone mad. You may never dream of acting in such a way, but you have learned to better and they have not. Desperate people do desperate things and ultimately, it's the people responsible for putting this part of the country at such a disadvantage that creates situations ripe for criminal and anti-social behaviour. The individual must and always will have to take responsibility for their actions, but if you always identify an individual as the reason the world isn't the way you'd like it to be, you miss the true causes and allow people who were born into more fortunate circumstances to keep you 'in your place', (people who think they are better bred than you, and were born to lead... they exist. I've met a few). Destined to remain unhappy, trapped with the right-wing tenet that always needs somebody to blame...
... but what came first? The poverty or the anti-social behaviour?
*puts the soapbox away and goes back to lurking*