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The main differences between Ireland north and south are:
  1. the south doesn't support a large nuclear military industrial complex or NATO levels of military spending.
  2. The UK is basically about financial services in London having largely deindustrialised everywhere else
  3. The UK doesn't have an effective industrial or regional development policy
  4. The north's linen, ship, aircraft and bus building industries have largely declined
  5. The south has pursued economic policies in line with is own interests attracting most of the world's leading ICT and Pharma multi-nationals to build their EU headquarters here and providing good jobs, training and tax revenues.
  6. The Troubles made the north a very unattractive place for investment, and continuing community tensions and political instability have meant there hasn't been much of a peace dividend since.
  7. The north has suffered a continuing "brain drain" where the brightest go to university in Britain or Ireland and don't return.
  8. At one level, the north can be seen as an oversized sink estate where all tensions are refracted onto a sectarian plane, when they should have been with a London centric government.

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