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The north of England should separate from the south

The people from the south of England in the South are fine, but people from the south living in the north are a different ballgame altogether. First and foremost they are very bigoted towards northerners in their viewpoints, so much so that it can make you quite weary of them. I can't help thinking that regular people from the south offload all their 'detritus' and send them up here. They put on fake northern accents and repeatedly say the cliche line, 'what we do for you'. They make themselves out to be these saviours when in actual fact if you observe them closely they are really just baffoons, or as I like to say, 'The chaff masquerading as wheat'. If the north and the south of England were to break up it wouldn't bother me in the slightest.
Original post by Fullfat
The people from the south of England in the South are fine, but people from the south living in the north are a different ballgame altogether. First and foremost they are very bigoted towards northerners in their viewpoints, so much so that it can make you quite weary of them. I can't help thinking that regular people from the south offload all their 'detritus' and send them up here. They put on fake northern accents and repeatedly say the cliche line, 'what we do for you'. They make themselves out to be these saviours when in actual fact if you observe them closely they are really just baffoons, or as I like to say, 'The chaff masquerading as wheat'. If the north and the south of England were to break up it wouldn't bother me in the slightest.

I agree the saviour subsidy subsidy junkies narrative is hideous Thatcherite nonsense. In fact London will be heavily subsidised to maintain its privilege despite crime inequality etc. The north isn't really viable as a separate country like Scotland imo.
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Original post by SaucissonSecCy
I agree the saviour subsidy subsidy junkies narrative is hideous Thatcherite nonsense. In fact London will be heavily subsidised to maintain its privilege despite crime inequality etc. The north isn't really viable as a separate country like Scotland imo.

Define viable.

If city states show us anything it’s that most regions can be viable states should the political will exist. Manchester’s GDP alone is greater than Lisbon or Budapest and I don’t think anybody would suggest that Romania or Portugal are not viable states.

The north does operate a current account deficit but then so does the U.K. as a whole. It just means that in the long run a reduction in spending or increases in taxes would need to occur. Just as in Scotland.

Also worth saying that it’s more a case of the south east than south vs north. The South West and Wales are a lot more like the north economically than London.
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Reply 3
Original post by Fullfat
The people from the south of England in the South are fine, but people from the south living in the north are a different ballgame altogether. First and foremost they are very bigoted towards northerners in their viewpoints, so much so that it can make you quite weary of them. I can't help thinking that regular people from the south offload all their 'detritus' and send them up here. They put on fake northern accents and repeatedly say the cliche line, 'what we do for you'. They make themselves out to be these saviours when in actual fact if you observe them closely they are really just baffoons, or as I like to say, 'The chaff masquerading as wheat'. If the north and the south of England were to break up it wouldn't bother me in the slightest.

Speaking as a northerner I would be opposed, I am a British nationalist.

While the influence of London is an annoyance and distorts policy in a direction that is not preferable to me, it is a city that is ingrained in our history and houses our monarch. We may need to wrestle political influence away but Brexit shows it’s possible to go some way.
Reply 4
I would prefer for an outright separation. The only question for me is where to set the borders. The south has been contemptible of the North since the days of Chaucer and beyond. It’s time to step forward and seperate period

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