There’s a right royal ding-dong kicking off down the A6 where a fiddly little health centre in Rushden is about to be replaced with a larger outpatients building in Irthlingborough, to serve the entire east of the county.
This is good news for Kettering as it will mean less webbed-footed freaks will need to visit KGH. Good news also for the whole of east Northamptonshire to have a better medical facility on their doorstep. However the news has been met with despair by the people of Rushden, which I suppose, is also good news for the people of Kettering.
The Rushden populace, led by their pitchfork-waving MP Peter Bone are up in arms at having to traipse all the way over to Irthlingborough in order to have their haemorrhoids poked at, or their offspring tested for long-term, deficiencies caused by generations of inbreeding.
Curiously, Irthlingborough has a different MP to Rushden, namely Phil Hope of Corby, who unsurprisingly takes another view on this issue. Even more curious is how the MP for Corby turns out to also be the MP for Irthlingborough too, considering their relative locations. Perhaps there was an attempt in Parliament to lump all the scum in a single constituency, although this is unlikely as Stevenage is not included.
Nowhere in print, or on Radio Northampton (our local station for all things Saints related) has anyone yet mentioned the fact that these two piddling little towns share a football team, and that the distance between the two locations wasn’t an issue when Max Griggs was buying their way to footballing success. Back then they were all one community, happily linking arms and various other appendages, and marching into a bright, shared future.
I don’t remember the MP for Rushden then standing up and complaining that his town’s tiny little team was being dragged, screaming over the Nene to a multi-million pound stadium.
It’s obviously much easier to make the trip from Rushden to Irthlingborough on a bandwagon than it is by any of the more usual forms of transport.