The Road from Jarrow Docks

The Roads to Wigan Pier
I have lived in two towns that were destroyed by economic change and government policy. This may explain why I’ve lived in Cambridge for so long, because the place does have resiliency, and the university seems likely to make its millenium. It may also explain a lot about my politics and desire for social justice, fairness and mutualism.


I was born in Newcastle in 1960 and my family home was in Jarrow, a town famous for the 1936 Jarrow March []  and whose troubles were so eloquently captured by local MP Ellen Wilkinson [] in her book ‘The Town That Was Murdered’.

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