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Pete North @PeteNorth303
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1. I grew up in Bradford, West Yorkshire. My main ambition was to get out and get as far away as possible. But I have some good memories of that place because of the people I knew there. I knew some damn clever and funny people. But...
2. One thing that strikes me whenever i go back there is how many of their lives have amounted to not a lot. Bradford has a way of eating human potential. It demoralises and it sucks the vitality out of people. I know many who could have been so much more.
3. You could say the same of Sheffield, and it's certainly true of the slum towns in the Manchester orbit. Anyone with ambition and gumption leaves. Anyone with talent moves south. London sucks the life from the regions in the same way the UK sucks talent out of Eastern Europe.
4. So when remainers give us all that shtick about "nobody voted to be poorer" I think back to Bradford and think of all the people who have so little to lose - whose house values haven't risen - and in some places declined. Makes me angry.
5. And nothing enrages my more than people telling me we have a skills shortage. We don't. Most jobs are within the abilities of people if they are given the training and the help. Yet companies can cast a wider net and avoid any obligation to train and develop people.
6. Moreover, business has moved to the model of bidding for OJEU contracts and only recruiting on demand - which is what they use FoM for. It's wholly parasitic. And there's a good reason they struggle to find the talent. They outsource that function to recruitment companies.
7. And lately, the common theme is that they are near universally morons who do a quick scan of CVs for keyworks and match it up to the role without really reading either. That's why they can't get the staff.
8. Remainers tell us that we *could* invest in training and development but we won't. Not while we have FoM. We'll just keep warehousing people on welfare and writing them off as depressed or disabled. Northern towns are welfare warehouses.
9. And of the training schemes there are, they tend to be government schemes which are utterly utterly worthless and not in demand by business- not least because they are not designed by business. It's a pointless job creation scheme for those who work in the welfare system.
10. We really need to be putting serious obligations on companies to train and incentivise them through the tax system so that they do invest in people. Skills training used to be quite common. It's now virtually nonexistent. Britain is squandering masses of its human potential.
11. If we want to rebuild and reunite the country then this is the gulf we have to bridge. We have to put people back into policy considerations instead of following the cult of GDP. We are run by spreadsheet sociopaths and that must change.
12. Unless we do this the gulf between London and the regions will continue to grow and the country will become fragmented and ungovernable. We need real local democracy and real reform of our politics.

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