The Government has continually talked about levelling up the North South divide and is endeavouring to do so by ploughing vast sums of money into massive infrastructure projects to benefit the North such as HS2.

I must say I am wondering why they are doing this and how will it level up the divide between North and South for when the average price of a detached house in the South is £643,000 compared to under half the price up North at £319,000 and one can buy a pint of beer in the North for £2.35, why would they want to level up to pay over £5.00 as we do in the South I have no idea.

It seems the climate change mob are against the HS2 rail project and are digging tunnels to hide in and putting tents in trees to delay the project which seems odd as I was under the impression that these people wanted to encourage us not to use our cars and use the train instead.

As we all know it is far more expensive to live in the South and I would have thought the Government should actually be giving us in the South more money if their intention is to create a level playing field, or is their intention to level up by making it just as expensive to live up North as it is in the South.

The only saving grace I can see with the divide is the fact that petrol is actually cheaper down South, which means that when I venture forth to foreign climes North of Watford the cost of my outbound journey will be cheaper than my return but overall will be a level playing field.

This is the cheapest pint of beer you can buy in a London pub | London  Evening Standard | Evening Standard


About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse. I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase.
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