The article records how residents were tired of being told by Londoners that they shouldn’t live on flood plains, as London is on a flood plain as well. Many people see floods as a man-made disaster, rather than a natural one, caused by the neglect or mismanagement of flood plains around the country.
Divides between London and the rest of the country were further highlighted last week after a report by the think-tank IPPR North, covered by the Guardian, revealed nearly half of the new jobs created in England in the last decade were in London and the south-east, though the region is only home to a third of the population.
Office-based professional and administrative roles, as well as those in accommodation and food service, were among the kinds of jobs that increased. As a whole, the north-east, which also has the lowest average disposable income of all English regions, saw only 1% of the country’s total job increases in the last ten years, despite being 5% of the population.
The New Statesman - How floods divided Britain
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