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The big ideas of 2016: bipolar Britain

Eradicating Britain's North-South divide will take investment on an unprecedented scale

George Osborne, the Chancellor wants to transform Britain’s economic geography. In this vision of our urban future, the “north-south divide” will be a thing of the past. Britain, or England at any rate, will no longer be a unipolar country, in which London sucks money and talent inexorably southwards—it will be bipolar. Just as towns across the southeast of England have been drawn into London’s orbit, so the satellites of our great northern cities will find the…

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