It has been reported that the Chancellor’s father-in-law, Lord Howell, has advocated that fracking should be carried out in the “desolate” north-east of England (31 July).
By all accounts his words have caused an outpouring of justifiable rage, prompting criticism that the words he used highlight the Conservatives’ “problem with the North”.
Nothing new there. In 1904 a Noble lord, a former agriculture and fisheries minister, wrote: “But keep the Scottish mountains for sport with the noblest animals that Britain produces.”
This only goes to show how much esteem, then and now, we in the northern parts of Britain are held in by our Southern betters!