I don't blame you southerners – really, I don't – but sometimes I do get brassed off with our second class status up north.
The latest manifestation is the proposal to replace our ancient trains with.... old London Underground trains which were heading for scrap until some bright spark at Vivarail decided they would be 'an affordable way' to replace aged Pacer trains which were built in the 1980s and were originally intended as a short-term solution to a shortage of rolling stock, but remain in use today.
Apparently, dumping London's rubbish on us will work out 'a third cheaper than new ones and bringing them north will provide extra seats.' ( :? Are we now so deprived we're skinnier than our southern counterparts?)
Why can't we have the new ones? What's so special about London?
Anyone fancy forming the Republic of Northern England party?
“There is always a well-known solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong.” H.L. Mencken