James Connolly on nationalism

The below quote from the Irish republican socialist James Connolly (1868 – 1916) sums up the core values of the Free North Campaign. The struggle for self-government is virtually worthless unless it based on a clear commitment to radically extending democracy and maximising social and economic justice for the majority of citizens.



Northern News Digest


UK’s north-south divide has widened, says thinktank (The Guardian) http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/jan/19/north-south-divide-widen-thinktank-data

Empty shops show North-South divide
(BBC News) http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31124506

Divided UK: for every 12 jobs created in the South, one is lost in the North (The Independent)

Number of homeless soars by 20 per cent as campaigners blame ‘callous’ government policies (Manchester Evening News)

The hi-tech trains Londoners will ride on while we make do with second-hand carriages (Liverpool Echo) http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/revealed—hi-tech-trains-londoners-8445710

Thousands of homes across the North were already waiting to downsize before Bedroom Tax came into force
(The Chronicle) http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/thousands-homes-across-north-were-8418310

Labour MP claims ‘Westminster elite’ of politicians think northerners are thick (The Mirror)

Tory candidate: calling yourself a northerner ‘can lead to social apartheid’ (Political Scrapbook)

Yorkshire First selects retired GP as general election candidate for Calder Valley (The Huddersfield Daily Examiner) http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/yorkshire-first-selects-retired-gp-8540276

‘Enough is enough’ – rebel councillor resigns from Labour party
(Warrington Guardian) http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/11751282._Enough_is_enough____rebel_councillor_resigns_from_Labour_party/

Frank Atkinson obituary – Inspirational creator of Beamish, an open-air museum devoted to the social and industrial history of the north of England (The Guardian) http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/jan/02/frank-atkinson