EVERY economy has its regional differences. From the prosperity of the wool industry in the 18th century West Country, to the smooth production lines of the Midlands in the 20th, certain English regions have often been immediately identifiable with certain trades.
So says Alan Duncan, Shadow Trade Secretary.
So, England has always had regions, has it Mr Duncan?
But dig a little deeper and the picture becomes much more complex. Yorkshire's industrial past has been extraordinarily varied: textiles from West Riding, steel from Sheffield, coal from Doncaster.
But isn't Yorkshire a COUNTY?
He then goes on a lot about the "UK":
But we still need to do more to target areas of the UK that are failing to keep pace with the rest of the country.
The UK - a country? Surely it's a Union of countries? And aren't the RDA's he discusses only in England?
When last I looked, the Tories were opposed to the regional project. So what's going on now? And is Alan Duncan very educated on his subject matter?