I fear for britain, at a time when its sustained ability to punch above its weight, economically and diplomatically, is finally ebbing. With the end of irrational exuberance, the country found itself in an especially difficult position, when the need is to eat a slice of humble pie and be fleet-footed in recognising that many of the pillars its strengths were built on have collapsed. The need was to recognise other supports and partners and embrace them. Instead, the country went in exactly the other direction. Not good.

longingly looking at london

Londoners get £69 each spent on the arts, whereas up 'ere it's just £4.60. On transport, it's £2,731 a head against £134. Is this just chip on the shoulder stuff ? Probably not, I argue in my latest newspaper blog and we need to use it to hang onto the capital's coattails and make sure we're in the market for powers coming down the line to london's mayor. It's also on the platform.

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