Huge swathes of the country have suffered economic hardship over a long period. Typically the old manufacturing bases, legacy industries, the old "engine" of the British economy. Over several decades, those places have gradulally become too dependant on the public sector as the principal employer. Too many people are dependant on benefits in these areas too. The local economy is broken!
It's like a life support system keeping a brain dead body's heart beating, but it IS dead.
What these places need is commercial stimulation - something the coalition government are addressing to a small degree. Much more needs to be done however.
The solution is enterprise, not increased dependency on an already overburdened tax system. These areas are Labour strongholds - people there have been brainwashed into thinking they are victims who need to be supported. If there was a sea change in attitute in these communities - the majority embracing an enterprise culture, there would be a huge turn around within 20 years.
Don't hold you breath though, when you are one step away from state dependency and there are no decent jobs, the temptation of Labour's cash splurges takes away any incentive an individual might have to build a better life. You could also be sure your peers and friends would become resentful if they thought you were bettering yourself. Proper socialisn! A vicious downward spiral of underachievment and state dependency!
When will people realise how destructive a Labour administration is? How their politics ruin the country's prosperity, their ideals kill enterprise. How it breeds inequality. We'll end up like a third world country with them in the driving seat. Good job they aren't in power now!