Own Goal For Yorkshire

Greater London has a population of c. 8.6m and has its own parliament. It’s actually called Westminster and reportedly serves the country but as 86% of all MP’s representing the UK live in the London area, they visit their constituencies by exception. There has thus been an alleged and unsurprisingly focus of government expenditure in London and the South East.

Scotland has a population of 5.3m its own Parliament and flag.

Wales has a population of 3.2m its own Parliament and flag.

Yorkshire has a population of 5.4m and its own flag.

There is a proposal to form a ‘One Yorkshire’ combining all the local authourities under one Mayor – like those of Liverpool and Manchester. But this would mean historic feelings of antipathy between locals towns and cities being abandoned. Not an easy task as this is a common occurrence across the UK. Almost all towns have a reserve that is tribal¬† when dealing with their neighbouring conurbations. A great shame as the government had promised ¬£30m funding to help with updating transport projects etc in the One Yorkshire area. But as Doncaster and Rotherham, for example, have blocked the move believing all this cash would be swallowed by Sheffield – where do you start?

As the government transport plan under Chris Grayling has advised the regional funding to improve rail transport in the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ has been largely swiped to support Crossrail 2 in London, Yorkshire stands little chance as a divided entity to oppose the move.



Alistair Owens

The meandering thoughts of someone with too much time on his hands. Tending to see the obscure and irrelevant in most events I have been forced to record this by family members as a means of diverting attention away from them. But I see their plan.

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