I blogged the other day about how English immigrants are destroying Welsh culture. New data from the Halifax is even more disturbing. It's not just London - there's a general move west of the English.
"The “West-East tilt” now rivals the North-South divide as the defining character in the country’s booming housing market.
More than two million people have moved away from London in the past ten years, whether to escape the frantic lifestyle or simply from a desire to retire to the countryside. And the West Country is proving to be one of the most popular destinations.
Eighteen of the 20 counties that have had the biggest increases in property prices since 1996 are in western Britain, according to figures from the Halifax, the country’s biggest mortgage lender.
Wales has, on average, had the biggest gain in prices during the period, accounting for 13 of the top 20 hotspots. The counties of Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Somerset in the South West and Shropshire in the western Midlands also made it on to the list."
I love that 'whether to escape the frantic lifestyle'.
It appears that the Anglo-Saxons, 1600 years on, are following the Britons in retreating to the West. This is very bad news for the Britons (i.e. the Welsh and native Cornish). It could also be bad news for the Scots. First Minister Jack McConnell wants lots of immigrants - or he says he does. It'll be interesting to see the anti-racist Scots' response to an influx of well-heeled English refugees. The cheapest place to buy a house in mainland Britain is now Blaenau Gwent, once a land ot tight-knit steel and coal communities, chapel-goers and beer drinkers, now a smack-infested fractured land of bastards bypassed by the English incomers. It's an interesting (and sad) fact that the only Welsh places to avoid the influx will be those where the natives are violent enough. (But it's still risen 200%). So Easterhouse is pretty safe from colonisation. My tip - the Scottish Borders.