New history of Christianity - ‘Dominion’ - out now! Dinosaur lover. Stonehenge Tunnel hater. A 'leading English cricketer' - The Times
Joined on 18 January, 2011
And one of them was the amazing scale model of the Tyne - from Swalwell to Tynemouth - that was built for the North East Coast Exhibition of 1929.
How to keep the UK united, @AndyBurnhamGM asks. 1. Deep devolution to towns & cities. Bottom up change, not top down. 2. An English equivalent of the Barnett Formula. If London gets funding, the regions should too. 3. Nations & mayors present at heart of government.
“The helping hand is more important than the invisible hand” - Gordon Brown invoking his townsman, Adam Smith. People’s closest loyalty is to those closest to them: but there is an empathy too that we can share with people far distant. These are the values which underpin the UK.
4 fault-lines in the UK, GB says: a multi-national country run as a single polity; the preponderance of England; the over-concentration of power in London; regional inequalities greater than elsewhere in Europe or even the United Stated. Building physical bridges not enough...