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.

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Northern News Digest

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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)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/divided-uk-for-every-12-jobs-created-in-the-south-one-is-lost-in-the-north-9986656.html

Number of homeless soars by 20 per cent as campaigners blame ‘callous’ government policies (Manchester Evening News)
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/number-homeless-soars-20-per-8491468

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)
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/labour-mp-claims-westminster-elite-4900631

Tory candidate: calling yourself a northerner ‘can lead to social apartheid’ (Political Scrapbook)
http://politicalscrapbook.net/2015/01/tory-candidate-defining-as-a-northerner-can-lead-to-social-apartheid-rebecca-coulson/

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