Northerners should move to the South East if they want to improve their quality of life, a radical report claims. Conservative-leaning think tank Exchange Policy argues that a mass internal migration is the only solution to a decade of failed efforts to regenerate northern cities.
The report authors say coastal cities like Liverpool and Sunderland have "lost much of their raison d'etre" with the decline of shipping.
These places had "little prospect of offering their residents the standard of living to which they aspire", the report adds. "No one is suggesting that residents should be forced to move, but we do argue that they should be told the reality of the position," it concludes.
The authors included Tim Leunig, a lecturer at the London School of Economics, who admits the findings might be seen as "plain barmy".
But he says: "The issue is clear: current regeneration policies are failing the very people they are supposed to be helping. "There is no evidence that the trend will be reversed without radical changes. Internal migration has always been an important part of a dynamic economy."
The Government rejected the findings, saying it is committed to sustained regeneration and investment in public services.
The Conservatives said the report did not reflect party policy.
My hope would be that if everyone (bar me, of course) moved south, then there's a chance Southern England would tip into the Channel and all residents would float over to France - housing crisis solved in a stroke!!
Actually it would be quite a good thing to happen in many ways as those of us who live in the crowded south would have the opportunity to move to the wide open - and cheaper - northern spaces. Given that we already speak English and all those who don`t (Fruit Bat /\0/\??) would have moved south we would hardly need to worry about dialect.