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Old 31.08.2011, 08:55
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Re: The Republic of London?

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What do you think? Could we ever see a Republic of London emerge from the remains of the United Kingdom?
In a word, no.
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Old 31.08.2011, 08:58
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I'm curious, though: would it be economically viable for London to go it alone? (I know similar questions have been asked about California before now)
Isn't California bankrupt?

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I gave up after the first dozen words. Too much hyperbole for my liking.
Are you talking about the first post (here) or Dickens?
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Old 31.08.2011, 09:01
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Re: The Republic of London?

I think in many respects it already is. Higher salary levels, own police and transport systems, own congestion charge
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Old 31.08.2011, 09:29
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You mean there IS something North of Enfield?? Well I learn something new every day...
It's called "Scotland", I believe.
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Old 31.08.2011, 09:49
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Re: The Republic of London?

After living in Central England, London Suburbs and Scotland I've also come to the conclusion that the best way to improve the whole UK economy is to get the focus off of London. There are some amazing places to live all over the UK but the jobs just aren't there. If companies moved out of london they would have more loyal, happier employees who could actually afford to buy a house locally. The london salaries don't really match the inflated cost of living. With local airports, trains, etc.. there is no reason for companies to sty in London. I know where we were in Scotland there are beautiful offices and facilities standing empty. Its an absolute shame!!!
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Have you been reading Charles Dickens again?
1984, more like it.
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Old 31.08.2011, 10:47
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After living in Central England, London Suburbs and Scotland I've also come to the conclusion that the best way to improve the whole UK economy is to get the focus off of London. There are some amazing places to live all over the UK but the jobs just aren't there. If companies moved out of london they would have more loyal, happier employees who could actually afford to buy a house locally. The london salaries don't really match the inflated cost of living. With local airports, trains, etc.. there is no reason for companies to sty in London. I know where we were in Scotland there are beautiful offices and facilities standing empty. Its an absolute shame!!!
Too true. Everything seems to be focussed on London. The tourists go there, the businesses go there. And they all complain bitterly about the high prices and poor quality of life. Many of the smaller UK cities are just so much more beautiful and pleasant and affordable than London and many people would happily move there if only there were comparable jobs (or indeed if people outside the UK were more aware these places existed).
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Old 31.08.2011, 18:18
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Re: The Republic of London?

I remember the last time London exercised "Home Rule." As often with these tin pot republics, inevitably a dictator emerged to rule the roost. It was a disaster. Even Londoners were dancing in the streets the day Margaret Thatcher launched her counter revolution, abolishing the GLC and returning democratic power to Westminster and the London Boroughs.
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Old 31.08.2011, 18:43
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Also, cities don't have enough economic diversity to sustain themselves for a long time - no manufacturing or resources.
Monaco, Lichtenstien, Luxemborg, Singapore......I am not seeing any long term issues with these places yet.

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California is different in that it could have a self standing economy as it has the scale and diversity to do so
California is a city??? I thought it was a state that had cities in it?

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After living in Central England, London Suburbs and Scotland I've also come to the conclusion that the best way to improve the whole UK economy is to get the focus off of London.
Hear hear! I would not live in any of the other cities in the UK if you paid me but some are quite nice. You are perfectly right thought that to survive the UK needs to reboot it's production and agricultural economies around the country and become productive again.
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You mean there IS something North of Enfield?? Well I learn something new every day...
It's called "Scotland", I believe.
Ssssshhhhhh!!!!!!!


That information is on a strictly need-to-know basis - we don't want all the bootless and unhorsed trying to get in here
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Old 31.08.2011, 19:26
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Re: The Republic of London?

For a preview, read Sue Townsend (of Adrian Mole fame) 'The Queen and I' - about the whole of the Royal family being sent to live on a Council Estate in Leicester, the Republic having been declared. Very funny. Only 2 coped well- guess who?
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For a preview, read Sue Townsend (of Adrian Mole fame) 'The Queen and I' - about the whole of the Royal family being sent to live on a Council Estate in Leicester, the Republic having been declared. Very funny. Only 2 coped well- guess who?
I don't think Leicester is part of London, though...
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Old 31.08.2011, 22:07
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Re: The Republic of London?

Not quite, true - which is why I said a taster of a Republic in England.
Sue Townsend taught English at a very normal Leicester Comprehensive until she rose to fame with Adrian Mole.
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Not quite, true - which is why I said a taster of a Republic in England.
Yeah, but this thread isn't about a republic in England.
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I'm guessing there would still be a place for frontaliers, tho'??


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Old 02.09.2011, 02:46
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Londoners have always said that anything north of Watford doesm't count, so in a way t was always a city unto itself- it had nothing to do with Thatcher, she was a Grantham lass, who never cared much for Londoners.

I love London. I couldn't live anywhere else in the UK, it has always been the place to be. I like Northern people, but London is so exciting, bigger and better than anywhere else. I think it is the most beautiful capital in the world. My nephew has taken the 'knowledge' and anyone of my family there can act as tour guides. Now my sister tells me that the UK is becoming a third world country, I say that is impossible. I moved to London for work twice, I tried returning to the North, but there were limited opportunities. My whole family moved, each independently, for the same reason. It's the North/South-East divide. It cover from Watford (to the north) to the south coast. Anywhere within commuting distance to London and it's always been that way.

However, I heard a very worrying report (this could open a can of worms) which I really hope is not true, but it was on NPR! the program was about the fight to establish Sharia controlled zones, no go areas for non-Muslims. I was relieved to see another side during the riots in London, to see Muslims (such as the father of man that was killed in a hit and run) who advocate integration, peaceful resolution and willingness to work with the police.
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I remember the last time London exercised "Home Rule." As often with these tin pot republics, inevitably a dictator emerged to rule the roost. It was a disaster. Even Londoners were dancing in the streets the day Margaret Thatcher launched her counter revolution, abolishing the GLC and returning democratic power to Westminster and the London Boroughs.
Sorry this is totally untrue. I was in London at the time, very appreciative of the GLC, it was a mess when they disbanded. The schools were heavily affected, no longer integrated, it was difficult to share resources and limit costs like before.

Before teaching in London schools ( both inner and outer) I worked in teaching hospitals they were also hit.

Just like with British Gas, Maggy Thatcher Milk snatcher sold off the nation's assets. She took publicly -owned assets privatized them and sold them off, so filling the coffers and giving the illusion of profit. County hall was sold to the Japanese. My sister belongs to a very nice spa/ fitness center there.
The GLC under new Labour was replaced with the GLA.
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Old 03.09.2011, 18:23
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I was in London at the time, very appreciative of the GLC, it was a mess when they disbanded.
Red Ken, the rasist bigoted violent nob end that ruined London twice. Freaking communist toss pot that the world would have been better off if he had followed his true skill level and become pond freaking scum!
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Old 03.09.2011, 19:34
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Blimey - feeling better now?
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However, I heard a very worrying report (this could open a can of worms) which I really hope is not true, but it was on NPR! the program was about the fight to establish Sharia controlled zones, no go areas for non-Muslims. I was relieved to see another side during the riots in London, to see Muslims (such as the father of man that was killed in a hit and run) who advocate integration, peaceful resolution and willingness to work with the police.
Sheesh!!!! This thread is about the putative Republic of London!

Everything does not have to boil down to a Muslim (Moslem)-themed debate, hoppy. Keep it on topic -- please!
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