A recent survey said that the home counties were underpopulated. There is
tons of land thee, tons of it. Only in the commuting corridors is it built,
and as people tend to use these it gives the wrong impression.
I was in an estate agents office in Herefordshire a few years ago and the
woman there was bitching about new houses being built in each village,
griping they will all merge into one. They had a large Ordnance survey map
on the wall of the area. It looked at it and it was just all green. I
pointed to the centre of the largest green area, where a rail line went
through, and said build another large village there well away from everyone
and out of sight, it can look like an old one if you like. She looked at me
in a confused way. People are conditioned that this mass of low productive
fields should not be built on. Propaganda over the years has instilled this
into them. In fact about three decent sized new villages could have been
built in the area well away from all the other villages and towns. Even the
traffic could have been directed away from them.
The problem is that the power base is in the rural south. The Midlands and
north of England catapulted this world forwards with the industrial
revolution, with the south being mainly rural market towns. They are not
stupid at all and should be allowed to run their own affairs again. The
north allowed the south to gasp power. London is arrogant calling the
counties that border it the "home£" counties, while the others are away and
don't matter. The UK started to decline when the north lost power,
politically and economically to the naive rural south. Tony's regional
assemblies will redress some of the imbalance.
Modern comms mean you don't need to be in London any more, or most of your
operation does not.
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Very true. It's easy to get a false impression from the road. Flying over
parts of London/Home Counties is very educational. Even the zone 1 area of
London is actually very green from the air! Long may it stay that way.
Has it ever occurred to you that what you hear, especially from
politicaisn, and what is actuyally happening and meant to be happening,
are indeed to distinct and separate things?
Pity they never did a Bumper Book Of How Politicians Work.
You COULD read 'Animal Fram' or '1984' or Macchiavelli of course, but
they have rather big words in them.
You actually believe that the new Regional Assemblies will do anything more
than add a further layer of beaurocracy and expense to areas that can ill
afford it. I'd agree with their introduction only if it were linked to a
reduction in centralised government. We need less government, not more,
especially not of the nannying kind.
LOL ... I've just read this posting thinking it was IMM and being quite
impressed for him presenting some actual facts for once! But of course I
now see it wasn't him after looking properly ;)
I've done the sums - it's good for me here.
All very true.
Also very true.
I'd hate the 4 hours more. I'm happy to bring my kids (if/when that
happens!!) up here. I only travel 40 mins into work door-to-door, which
might seem a lot to some people, but for any sort of large town/city that's
pretty good. I can also get myself home at any stage of in the night in
virtually any state with the transport options available.
I think plenty of people want to and enjoy living here. The rest of what
you're saying is true though.
All cities across the world attract people to them ... thus why they become
I do like Leeds for a night out. Manchester once every year or two maybe!!
I think Newcastle is my favorite in Britain. Followed jointly by London and
not really ...
true for housing ... nothing else is particularly expensive ...
I don't see it happening in my lifetime! Actually - it better not now that
I've bought! ;)
BTW, many firms do open up elsewhere. Look at the major technology firms
lining the M4 corridor and around Glasgow. The other UK cities also have
their fair share of head offices, etc. too. Just not as high a density of
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