Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

There Are Suspicions to Overcome

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

There Are Suspicions to Overcome

Article excerpt

Many formidable obstacles lie ahead of those determined to build a prosperous new future for the North-East.

Not least is the ongoing debate over the shape that future might take.

International experts commissioned by local agencies favour an approach built round a city region they choose to call Newcastle, but covering a much wider area.

This city region, they argue, is where the bulk of investment should be targeted, with everywhere else relying on benefits "trickling down" their way eventually.

Internationally, this may make sense, but locally it's already had a frosty reception in the wider region, where suspicion abounds about the influence of Newcastle.

Acting with the common interests of the North-East in mind is one thing, forgetting the local identities in which there is so much pride is quite another.

"Trickle down" economics don't pack much punch either with people who feel they've waited long enough without any sight of them actually trickling. …

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