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Should Britain let go of London?

Should Britain let go of London?

A BBC article asked this the other day: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21934564

One commentor said:

What kind of hopeless victim complex blames London for Bolton’s problems. The Northern cities were driven by century of development that ended 120 years ago and have been in relative decline ever since. It’s Detroit – no one wants to live their because it’s cold and has no competitive advantage – they’re dying and must be allowed to pass away gracefully.

He’s obviously never been to Leeds, or Liverpool, or Manchester recently

Another said:

London has been unique in England for centuries, but in recent decades it has become virtually a “city state”, like Singapore.

This unbalances the UK economy and misguides politics.

I’m under no illusion that we’d be immediately better, if indeed we could, even if we were a seperate country, with such a lead, London would still be a draw for the young and successfull. Scotlands  going through a similar thing, and frankly I don’t blame them. We are, by the looks of things, unprofitable, backwards, undeveloped, and a whole host of other things, so why then do those who say these things want to keep us? Please, by all means cast us off, we’ll find our own way. There will be some very negative repercussions for our economy, our services, and a number of other issues, but I for one would rather be poorer and making my own choices, and I can’t help but think the smaller government is, and the more locally it is based, the better that will be, and the less likely we are to be interfered with.