This contrasts with many of the problem areas elsewhere in the UK where more deep-seated structural problems are at the root of the difficulty. For example, in the case of West Cumbria and Furness perhaps the biggest single problem is desperately inadequate links to the main transport network. This, of itself, is not going to be resolved by an upturn in the economy. It is in areas such as this that capital for regional purposes should be spent, since this is the only way such deficiencies can be remedied.
The Government should not listen to 'gloom mongers' from the South. Indeed, to listen to them is tantamount to an admission that the recession is not ending.
The writer is MEP for Cumbria and Lancashire North.Reuse content