The views, thoughts and opinions of an insignificant speck in the Universe 😀
I wasn’t born in Northampton for the simple reason that my parents decided on my place of birth which incidentally is Aldershot in Hampshire.
Unsurprisingly nor did I spend my formative years here and neither did my family who lived in a variety of places dependent on where our dad was stationed whilst he was in the army and then in Rotherham when he left.
I’ll be careful not to use the term Rotherham in South Yorkshire for fear of upsetting the traditionalist who still talk of the Ridings where Rotherham was in the West Riding.
I then ran away to sea, (sounds more romantic) where my home for over 22 years was based in Gosport, Hampshire.
You may by now well be asking what an earth is this leading to?
It is this?
I’m certainly not the first or will be the last person who have ended up in the middle of the country in Northampton.
In fact it is estimated that over 85% of the current 212,000 are like me ‘comer inners’.
The question is does it make us better or less committed to or more or less understanding of Northampton because we weren’t born and brought up here?
The reason I ask is that the question of immigration and impact of immigrants and different communities that make up Northampton was brought to mind again this week when three local Councillors justified their decisions by using the words,
“I was born and bred in Northampton and love the town”?
Now forgive me for being picky but two things immediately spring to mind when I hear such tosh and humbug.
The first is what control did they have on being born in Northampton?
Probably as much as I had in being born in Aldershot.
Perhaps they are biologically illiterate and don’t understand how procreation happens but it seems pretty clear to me that the actions of my parents which resulted in me arriving on this planet was absolutely out of my control.
In fact like most children it is an aspect of my parents private lives that I’d prefer not to think about too much thank you.
Nor of course as children do you have much of a choice where you live, what you eat and where you go to school or even how many brothers and sisters you have all of which have a great impact on how you develop into adulthood.
This of course is where the parents get the blame for everything, after all they set the parameters on which the adult character is based if psychologists are to be believed.
So why do people and it does seem to either predominantly be politicians or those who see ‘comer inners’ as being the reason for their failure to achieve what they invariably think they are entitled to and who always fall back on the
“I must be better and more committed than you because I was born and bred here”
Interestingly looking at the three Councillors who pulled the desperation “born and bred” card out last week none of their names originated in Northampton which given the history of the UK is not surprising.
Their names in fact have their origins in Scotland, Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire.
Perhaps they should all go home?
The major point of course is in claiming that being born in a place is somehow indicative of why you are more important and therefore should be listened is effectively claiming that everyone else is inferior and shouldn’t or in fact aren’t entitled to have an opinion.
It is a strange attitude to claim that your parents actions nine months before you were born is something you want to take credit for?
So let me counter the argument and put another side to the issue.
Those of us who chose to live in a place and raise our children there must logically be more committed to it than those who just happened to be there through an ‘accident of birth’ or failure of ‘birth control’!!!
At least we would be the majority.