Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Time to Get Up to Speed

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Time to Get Up to Speed

Article excerpt

T'S time for a fair deal for the North.

IAnd not just because we deserve no less than people in London.

Things also need to change for the benefit of the whole country.

The UK economy is too dependent on London and the South. But there's no reason the North can't be an economic powerhouse in its own right.

That doesn't mean competing with London.

In today's world, we're all competing with the economic powerhouses of France, Germany and the United States, as well as India, Brazil and China.

But economic growth doesn't happen on its own. Government has a role to play, particularly when it comes to investing in infrastructure such as transport links.

Concentrating investment in the South while neglecting the North ensures the North can never catch up.

It's a lesson the present Government seems to have forgotten, after it downgraded plans to electrify rail lines in the North while backing the major new Crossrail 2 scheme in London. …

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