I live in Manchester, and can honestly say that people from the south are not better educated. People move there because its the capital and hence economically stronger. In fact - (many teachers say) the best educated people in the UK are actually from Northern Ireland.
I also hear the Scotts are highly educated.
As for impressions of the South, its the same rivalry as any other country. Just look at how much New Yorkers are despised by a lot of America. Or how Sydney and Melbourne constantly put each other down. ITs the same with Dublin and Cork to an extent in Ireland, and I have heard that Parisians are derided by much of France.
Capital cities (and surrounding areas) tend to be act more arrogantly and patronisingly than other cities, and smaller cities tend to have a chip in their shoulder and be jealous of the capitals prosperity.
drivell talking snobs who thinnk they're superior to northerners!! DREAM ON!
Part of the prob with North/South is that the North has historically been driven by primary and secondary industry and that the South (London/Home Counties particularly) has an economy which is more based around the service sector. Now that we can produce our shoes more cheaply in Indonesia, and import cheap coal from Argentina, the number of primary and secondary jobs has dried up - I don't think that the higher unemployment and lower levels of educational achievement are because people don't want to work, I think that there are fewer jobs and expectations are lower overall.
I'm from Cumbria and live in Brighton. Northerners think Southerners have a silly accent (and that they all talk like Eastenders). Southerners think Northerners have a silly accent (and that they all talk like Coronation Street). I think as a generalisation Northerners do consider particularly Londoners to be a bit flash, partly because of the amount of money floating around there. A surprising number of Southerners have a knowledge of UK geography that stops at Watford - and the assumption is that North of Watford there are only grim decaying industrial cities.
Personally I absolutely hate threads like this. They encourage festering stereotypes and ignite rivalries that are totally unnecessary.
I'm from London (south east), I've lived in Cambridge and now Manchester. My boyfriend is a thorough bred Manc and I get cr*p for being southern but its all gentle banter.
There may be subtle differences in attitudes in various areas of the country but having said that you can still find every type of character up here or down there, snobby, well educated, friendly, down to earth, whatever...
Industry hubs in Manchester, liverpool etc are thriving now but its a fact of life that head offices etc tend to be in London because you are forgetting after all its the capital, its like that in any small country.
well thats m'penny anyway, oh and yeah I do talk a bit like I'm off Eastenders
I s'pose I talk a tiny bit like coronation street too
You are right though mim, these threads are a bit unnecessarily divisive.
Well apparently I sound just like the Yorkshire airlines clip off you tube so not to worry there.
As a very proud Northerner I must have imagined my degree and professional qualifications, expect it was all a dream and I really live off the tax payers of the South.
Yes there is a big north/ south divide but purlease lets drop the sweeping generalisations on education standards and income levels. Oh and for the record my (ex-ish-to-be)-husband is a southerner educated to a much lower level than I am.
I'm a southerner and I live near Oxford what what what so I'm better than all of you. Ner ner ner ner ner.
Hold it, people! The thread has started, as you can judge, by a student who needs to research on the North-South (divide?) for project work.
Only comments from people living in the North are requested. Are the Midlands' experiences refused?
Northerners, raise your hands please!
Well you know that Sheffield is south right???
The signs on the M6 pointing northwards say 'The North' until you get to Scotland.