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Infrastructure investment: Time to recapture the ambition of 1945

Let's re-discover Attlee's sense of national mission

By Stephen Kinnock   April 2018

This government’s assumption that a growing economy will benefit everyone is flawed. Such thinking has always prevailed in Whitehall. It has perpetuated the damaging view that it doesn’t matter if growth is driven by a limited number of regionally-confined sectors.

The result is that our economy is dangerously skewed towards London and the southeast, regions that thrive on consumption rather than production, on services rather than manufacturing, and are the only parts of the country to see growth at pre-crash levels.

The productivity gap between north and south has widened…

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