Cotswold Life - - CUMMINGS’ GOINGS -

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.

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