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BBC NEWS | Politics | Northern cities 'beyond revival'

Cities in northern England such as Liverpool, Sunderland and Bradford are "beyond revival" and residents should move south, a think tank has argued.

Policy Exchange said current regeneration policies were "failing" the people they were supposed to help.

A mass migration to London, Cambridge and Oxford would stop them becoming "trapped" in poorer areas, it said.

One of the report authors acknowledged it may be seen as "barmy". A Liverpool MP called it "utter nonsense".

Policy Exchange is one of the most influential right-of-centre think tanks and it has been credited with much of the fresh thinking behind the revival of the Conservative Party under David Cameron.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 06:06:09 AM EST
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In other words 'barmy utter nonsense' has been 'credited with reviving the Conservative Party.'

Now there's a change for the history books.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 06:53:13 AM EST
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Seeing where right of centre happens to be in the UK at the moment, can the word "think" be applied to anything or anyone there?

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 07:47:28 AM EST
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forget the emotional stupidity, it's also an economically illiterate policy.

Moving millions of people will cost billions of pounds the economy doesn't have.

Where will these houses be built ? London and the South east is already in an accomodation crisis.

how will they move around when roads and railways are at saturation point ?

Where is the clean water coming from ? There is practically no spare capacity south of the Thames and next to bugger all north and east of london.

Move government to the north makes far more sense than cram more people in the south. But you won't hear that from the terminally idiotic sons of privilege.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 09:40:39 AM EST
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Who's talking about moving them?

They are economically unsound and therefore should move themselves on penalty of being made to drown. And if they don't find a house, well they should work more to earn more until they a)can move in after a repossession kicks someone out b) die of cold.

That would make so much more sense.

Actually, although it's largely unrelated, all this rightwards move (aka screw you) of the UK reminds me of a comparison I've been able to make since early afternoon (when I learnt of the UK costs).

Apparently some NHS hospitals will deliver one in vitro to couples who need it (and even for that you need to have tried naturally for a loooooong time), and after that you are left with private clinics charging £4000 to 6000.

Right. In France you get 4 chances for free (resetting to 4 allowed with every birth), then it's around 4000€ if you don't get an allowance for more (which happens relatively often when there are reasons to believe it may work).

The shame is that you have to be live close to the hospital or clinic so that, even though we will still be covered by Sécurité Sociale, we'll probably have to pay the damn £4000 to 6000. Because we're moving just too early.

How has everything got so expensive in the UK? Twice the price you pay in France in the rare occasions when you actually need to pay at all? Harsh.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 10:08:30 AM EST
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