Desolation Row

Agreeing with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is becoming a bit of a habit. But, after his Wonga versus credit unions comments, this was what he tweeted in response to Lord Howell’s view that the ‘desolate’ North East would be a good place to start ‘fracking’: “North-east England very beautiful, rugged, welcoming, inspiring, historic, advancing, not ‘desolate’ as was said in House of Lords today.”

Former Leader of Newcastle City Council Lord Beecham, now a Labour peer, said: “Neville Chamberlain spoke of pre-war Czechoslovakia as ‘a faraway country of which we know nothing’. Lord Howell clearly has a similar view on the north-east and his comments once again highlight the Tories’ problem with the north.”

I am as uncertain about fracking as the next person, but I am certain that I wouldn’t trust Tories like Howell to get it right. So here are some of my favourite scenes of desolation to help us to sit and reflect on the issues.

Bamburgh Castle

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Some iconic bridges

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Sunset over very desolate South Shields

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High Force, Co Durham

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Lindisfarne. Aidan found it tranquil, or was it desolate.  More on Lindisfarne here.

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Dunstanburgh Castle – old ruin suitable for fracking

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St James’ Park. Don’t tell Mike Ashley about fracking. It will just give him ideas.

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One Response to Desolation Row

  1. paul calland says:

    I am not sure about fracking either, but the tone of the comments by Lord Howell reflect the lack of one nation thinking/we are very much not all in this together, which is so evident today. The message was its ok up there but inappropriate in rural areas like Surrey where I live. The sceptic in me defines “desolate” as meaning not having Tory voters that can make a difference. Sadly it’s also exactly the same thinking about new housing development and in particular social housing development…”not around here good sir”. It reflects a very divided nation, by class, by wealth and by geography. Very sad!

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