- Tower Hamlets
- Blaenau Gwent
The programme makers claim to look at five selection criteria used by home-buyers - crime, environment, lifestyle, education and employment. The list bears a remarkable resemblance to the Government’s Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD 2004). There are separate IMDs for England and Wales and, as far as I know, none for Ireland so I’ll have to discount Merthyr Tydfil, Strabane and Blaenau Gwent for the sake of this argument. This is how the remaining seven English places on the ‘worst’ list are ranked in the IMD 2004.
2 Tower Hamlets
10am Get up and write blog.
12pm Go for a run around Hackney Marshes or Victoria Park.
1pm Have lunch and watch BBC News.
2pm Work on book while listening to compilation CDs made by nice friend.
6pm Play piano or make bad art with rubbish collected over years.
8pm Have gin and tonic followed by dinner and glass of wine.
9pm Watch TV or DVD.
11pm Go to bed and read book from library or own collection as can’t afford to buy books at the moment.
Only about two of these things are measurable by Government standards which are based on consumerism that can be tracked. So it knows how many people in Hackney buy Happy Meals and cans of baked beans but it doesn’t know what you eat if you get a vegetable box from Abel & Cole or collect blackberries, plums and elderflowers from the park. It knows how many pointless ring tones you download but not how many sonnets you pen. It can tell if you are doing an Adult Literacy GNVQ in your spare time but it doesn’t know if you are reading Heidegger. The Government is only interested in how far you live from a retail park or if you are virtually resident in your local healthy living centre and community college.
I have a permanent view of a gorgeous canal with narrow boats, fish and water birds of every kind. If I lived in one of the ‘top’ places like Epsom or