The Anglo-British political class in London should be sounding the alarm, nationalists are now in government in all three of the ‘other countries’ of Britain. More important, they have the initiative. Salmond is getting on fine with the Queen and is flying off to talk with Ian Paisley in Belfast who is nationalist enough without taking into account his coalition partners Sinn Fein. (OurKingdom)
The Times today highlights an OECD report that perhaps explains some of the economic realities that have made this situation possible:
Britain emerges as having a much wider range of recent economic performance between regions than almost all its main competitors, while the divergence in regional living standards is wider than in any OECD member bar Turkey.
Between 1998 and 2003, economic growth around the UK spanned a huge range, between minus 1.2 per cent and 9.6 per cent , widening the gap between the country’s poorest and most prosperous areas. Gauged by GDP per head, the nation’s richest area, the western part of inner London, was five times better off than the national average. Yet, at the same time, GDP per head in the poorest area, Anglesey, was barely more than half the national average. (The Times)