CHELTENHAM V GLOUCESTER
There has always been a keen rivalry between Gloucester and Cheltenham. I’ve seen newspaper battles between the Echo versus Citizen; historians scrapping over the respective merits of the Regency v Roman periods, and there’s always been the rather patronising and slightly inaccurate middle class v working class argument. However, after centuries of arguments we can now put all that to bed after the debate about which place is best has, at last, been settled. On a recent visit to meet business leaders in Gloucester, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove (at least he was at the time this went to print) claimed that he’d heard some people thought Cheltenham was superior to Gloucester, but in his view Gloucester was that “little bit better” than its rival eight miles away. This was seized upon by Gloucestrians with great glee and you’d think this might finally end the whole debate. Apart from the fact Cheltonians seized on Mr Gove’s comments with even greater glee and declared that such words coming from Mr Gove couldn’t have given their town a greater endorsement.