- Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:01 am
Excellent insight by voter in Sleaford
The byelection coverage has been simplistic
The national and local press coverage of this byelection has been a simplistic caricature of the Brexit divisions which have split this country. This is not a ‘Sunderland’ or non-metropolitan disenfranchised area. It is the least deprived district in Lincolnshire, in the top 20% least deprived nationally; has below average levels of international immigration. It has very high levels of UK inward migration (5.6% in latest year compared to national average of 4.8% and a minimal 0.02% net international immigration) coupled with high levels of outmigration of educated young who go off to university and are unlikely to return. The over-60s population approaches 30% compared to a national average of 23%.
North Kesteven has been failed by national and county elites over many generations . They have failed to offer a distinctive, progressive vision of a positive future for this type of area. So the ‘oldies’ slip into a complacent Lincolnshire mindset of ‘blaming’ their occasional struggles on foreigners and outsiders. Egged on by national populist media and cynical local politicians, they are more comfortable voting for a brand of intolerance and xenophobia than putting in the effort to transform the area through civic and community action.
This leaves those who voted Remain in despair and unrepresented in the current byelection, apart from a Lib Dem candidate who was at least local.
Anonymous, North Kesteven