This morning the BBC were trumpeting on the radio some research by a think tank called ‘Centre For Cities’ that said London was growing much faster than other UK cities as the much vaunted ‘Recovery’ left them behind as economic also-rans…presumably hinting they were being ignored or abandoned by the Government.
The BBC said it was an independent think tank, but admitted that it had been set up by Labour peer Lord Sainsbury…the man who donated nearly £20 million to Labour.
So independent of the IPPR now…Labour’s very own think tank?
The Chief Executive of Centre for Cities is……
Alexandra worked as a private secretary for the Permanent Secretary at the former Department for Education and Skills and as a researcher at the Institute for Public Policy Research.
What’s odd, apart from the ‘independent’ label is that after trumpeting this ‘research’ early on in the day, it being the lead story on the news bulletins, it suddenly vanished….almost as if someone responsible had come on shift and pulled the story as headline news….due to it being a Labour Party stunt?
There is no doubt London is massive compared to other regions but this story has been knocking around for a long time now….so why is it being pushed once again…the thought that the Coalition’s ‘Recovery’ is leaving other regions behind? Will Miliband be announcing a new policy on cities in the next few days?
Who knows…at least it seems to have been pulled by the BBC as a lead story…or as a story at all in fact on the radio….after being bombarding us with it early on it vanished.
The story seems to ignore some other truths about ‘the Regions’…the streets may not be paved with gold but things are moving:
Business activity rose at a record rate in the West Midlands in December according to the latest purchasing managers report for Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. West Midlands private sector companies reported increases for the eighth month in a row with the rate of expansion the strongest in the 16-year-old survey’s history.
It’s double joy for regional growth
Experts said the two per cent growth estimate for 2013 represents some of the strongest figures since the QES began.
Greater Manchester’s economy grew twice as much as predicted in 2013, a study out today reveals.
A total of 623 businesses were quizzed between November 11 and December 4 2013 as part of the QES – the largest of its kind in the country.
The Chamber also said international sales and orders have increased on every measure with manufacturing performing better abroad than in the UK.
Manchester’s boom shows what can be achieved when councils work together
So why is the Centre for Cities claiming, and the BBC reporting this: