A place changed completely? — 4 Comments

  1. This has been going on for quite some time. The emptying of the countryside that you see in both these islands. You see what amount to a sterilising with anyone with an income below the current forced out or into a half life of benefits.
    In Europe, say Belgium, little villages have an industry. They may be making aluminium coffee pots for Lidl, or pressing collenders for Aldi. But they are keeping income in the small areas. And they kept hope too. I expect what you are seeing is a version of what you see every day here in Ireland.
    I remember when the Welsh became very militant at English buying up homes to live for a few months, or by ex civil servants unable to hold their nose in 1980s Cape Town. It was one thing to revitalise French towns in Savoy or the Aúde that were pretty much dead and another to enter town and core them out.
    On the school, how many others closed in the region to fill that single one.

  2. Somerset has not suffered falls in population in the way that some rural Irish counties have; its total population is now 900,000. The change has come in the embourgeoisement of communities. Whether or not such a change has been desirable, it has been the inexorable outcome of the free market system.

    The school has thrived through both a growing population and through drawing in pupils from a wider area.

  3. Ohh I know it’s different on one level. But native families below a certain income have been driven out much like in the Irish counties. Yes, you have the extension of the suburb out from the cities to such an extent that they’ve crossed.

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