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How to save Britain from London

Most of the country is hurting. But it won’t be able to escape the shadow of the mighty metropolis without an overhaul of capitalism

By Paul Collier   November 2018

Across most of Britain, capitalism is simply not working. In many emerging economies, it continues to transform opportunities and raise living standards, as it does for the UK’s metropolitan elite. But you can see its failure elsewhere simply by driving across the country. Alongside the glittering metropolis of London, you will find broken cities and dying towns.

The post-war generation, of which I am part, perhaps grew complacent in the assumption that a…

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