Why for this government, all roads lead south

If the economic challenges posed by Brexit loom large for Britain as a whole, they are even starker for northern England. There’s rarely been a more relevant time to ask not what the country can do for the North, but what the North can do for the country.

Westminster spends much of its time debating supply-side, micro-economic issues, such as education and skills, where the objective is to make people and communities ready for jobs in sunrise industries that we assume are coming. However, can we now be certain that those opportunities will arrive?

Read more from Diana Johnson for the New Statesman here:https://www.newstatesman.com/spotlight/devolution/2018/02/diana-johnson-mp-why-government-all-roads-lead-south-0