13 Stark Truths About Britain's North South Divide
Economically speaking, north of Birmingham is a different, less successful country.
It's been a long few years, but the economy is recovering.
Unfortunately, if you don't live in London, you may not have noticed.
In London, this is all you see - cranes, cranes everywhere, building things.
Since September last year, 96% of employment growth has been in London, the South East, the South West and the East of England.
If you live in Liverpool however, this is a sadly more common sight.
You're more likely to die early in the north.
The growing divide is even visible at football matches.
So it is pretty clear that the north-south divide is getting worse. Oddly, this isn't actually what anyone expected.
But in a way, it shouldn't be surprising. The north south divide has been widening for a century.
The explanation is in the sort of industry located in each area.
And London is like a vacuum cleaner, sucking the most talented people south.
So how do we reverse the flow? It will be difficult, but the place to start is here.
That will be hard - the pull of London is strong. But it might not be impossible, largely because of this:
So yes, London renters - take solace: your suffering may at least save the north.
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