We don't need anymore regional talking shops

By Paul Wheeler | 07 November 2017
  • Paul Wheeler

It seems that the Tudors are all the rage in modern politics. In Parliament we have frequent references to Henry VIII’s powers. Now in the devolution debate we have a cry for a ‘Council of the North’ In turbulent times it seems we love the Middle Ages.

Sadly, the past is no place for progress. Advocates for a Council of the North seem to have a misplaced grip on history and geography. The ‘North’ has never been a single unit and one whose boundaries are debatable. Surely, Stoke has a stronger claim to be a northern town than prosperous Chester? Derbyshire fought a long legal battle to keep Chesterfield out of the North.

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