Policy Exchange go barmy
It's a good thing that think tanks and policy groups are allowed to think "outside the box" or to "think the unthinkable" provided it is understood that sometimes their recommendations can, should, and will be rejected.
Such a case was the Policy Exchange report which suggested that it is impossible to regenerate Northern cities and that any ambitious residents of the North should be encouraged to move South.
Speaking as an ambitious former resident of the South of England who moved north with my family four years ago, and have enormously enjoyed my time here, I think this report is utter nonsense.
About the one thing which it gets right is the author's statement that a lot of people might think his report is barmy. If the rest of the report had been as accurate as that comment it might have been worth the paper it was written on.
Speaking in Barrow this evening, David Cameron dismissed the report in the most categorical terms and made clear that it does not represent Conservative policy.
He described it as "complete and utter and unadulterated rubbish."