A SOUTHERNER has been shocked to discover that not everyone from the soot-blackened, impoverished North is a dyed-in-the-wool socialist.
Martin Bishop, from Godalming, assumed people from north of Oxford suffered from the ‘politics of envy’ and were extremely left-wing due to their coarse accents keeping them in their place and only being able to afford tripe.
However on his first trip to Yorkshire for work at the age of 43, he was astonished meet a Northern train passenger whose reactionary Tory views exactly matched his own.
Bishop said: “My immediate reaction was, ‘You’re putting me on. This is one of those crap Channel 4 prank shows and there’s hidden cameras in the carriage, right?’
“But she said there was a long-established Conservative party operating across various wards in Sheffield. I asked what the devil for, when everyone’s a socialist who just wants government handouts?
“Marjorie, her name was, said lots of Northerners voted Tory. That was an eye-opener. I thought British politics was set up for rich people to make money and leave the North to rot. I didn’t realise some of them went along with it.
“Not to be prejudiced but it seems Northerners are thicker than I thought, and I saw the ones on TV who praised the government for all the food banks.”