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Not necessarily. Several of the regions - "South East" is a classic - are purely arbitrary and incoherent.

A bit like Iraq, really.

On the other hand, one or two (like Cornwall) are reasonably good candidates for a coherent region carrying out virtually all functions, others most certainly are not, which is why functional partnerships have sprung up.

What works for transport, may well not work for health or education etc etc

And we haven't even discussed the question of "cultural" identity, where Cornwall scores high, and the South East low...who would go to the barriers for the South East?

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Mon Jul 2nd, 2007 at 12:38:10 PM EST
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I didn't say the resulting regions would be the same as those designed from Whitehall.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jul 2nd, 2007 at 03:15:30 PM EST
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But my point is that "regions" will often differ in relation to the function being carried out.
by Solveig (link2ageataol.com) on Mon Jul 2nd, 2007 at 03:23:36 PM EST
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A similar analysis could be done by county and city (which are levels of government with more popular affection). On that basis Lancashire is over-represented, but London and Birmingham are under-represented.
by Gary J on Wed Jul 4th, 2007 at 06:10:35 AM EST
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