Albert Owen, Labour MP for Ynys Môn, has recently taken every opportunity to claim that, despite the recession, Anglesey is doing a lot better now than it was in the 80s and 90s. For example see here and here.
Comparisons with 20-30 years ago are all very well - but what I think most Anglesey residents want to know is how is Anglesey actually doing NOW? And if we must have comparisons - how is our Island doing compared to our immediate neighbours in North Wales?
Happily the Welsh Assembly's latest "Regional Economic and Labour Market" statistical update for North Wales was released earlier this week and allows us to benchmark Anglesey's performance against the rest of North Wales. So how are we really doing? Here are the results (Anglesey is highlighted in red):
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These charts clearly show that Anglesey is trailing significantly behind the rest of North Wales on every single major economic indice.
No wonder that Albert Owen wants to divert our attention with spurious comparisons to the 80s and 90s! It is comparisons with our nearest neighbours which show how well Anglesey is really weathering the current recession - and the answer is disastrously.