For the last 20 years, I have lived in Clacton on Sea – and today it has a politically historic by-election. I also lived for the first seven years of my life in this constituency’s Walton on Naze, having been born there in 1948.
Matthew Parris, ex Conservative MP, controversially wrote an article in The Times about Clacton with relation to this by-election: speaking of a place where people are waiting to die, ‘a place of shell suits and death.’
However, there is a hidden aspect to Clacton that, through living there for a decade or two, will eventually be revealed to you. I have tried to adumbrate that aspect by means of this blog over the years, culminating in my recent article here.