regional economy

Trust FKaUK to make the totally wrong choice!

The FK(a)UK’s Brexit hara-kiri tour October 2019 – stage one

A short visit to Estonia, Finland and Lithuania demonstrates that mid-size places places with a sensible identity – whether Lithuania or Lombardy; Estonia or Extremadura; Greater Helsinki or Hesse – offer a type of “right” scale and potentially the right culture for being the major intermediary mediator of global and local challenges. They are likely to be far more effective than large nation states with their own exceptionalism of delusional global ambitions based on race and (in our case Etonian) entitlement.

What is the ‘Sunderland question’? And how might the May Government and local leadership teams answer it?

I can’t help thinking that Sunderland’s pace of counting votes will henceforth come to be seen as a massive millstone around this proud city’s neck. As Sunderland delivered its BREXIT referendum victory shortly after the polls closed on June 23rd, a first highly symbolic indicator of the national BREXIT upset became apparent.   Over subsequent …

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Regional Economics of the premiership – revisited

After my pitiful predictions on Premier League relegation last year, I am naturally hesitant to revisit my regional economics of the Premiership. However, with the first action ‘in play’ and before I get sucked into Spurs’s visit to Newcastle, it is probably worth posting a very brief reprise and update. To remind you, last year’s …

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‘Railroad to nowhere’, ‘Fast track to prosperity’…or none of the above…

The Economist turned its attention briefly this week to UK regional economic geography, on the back of an editorial and an article (‘Railroad to Nowhere’) eschewing the case for High Speed Rail (HSR2) from London to ‘the north’. Their economic geography argument conflates four very different assertions – i.e. that this investment’s economic geography benefits …

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