This clears things up https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/North%E2%80%93South_divide_(England)
We act as a buffer zone, much like Tom Watson. Him being located in the Midlands can't be a coincidence.
I've been messing about until now but this just got serious. I've realised that by drawing a line across Staffordshire, I've put the North Midlands in the North. The clue is in the name. It's both. We're seeing intertwingularity again. Lines on maps should be fades. This belongs in my book! Midland is non-binary in a tribal sense. Maps are category graphs as well as navigational aids. We're imposing an unnatural hierarchy on a population, like we do with company hierarchies, which encourage tribal divisions instead of cooperation.
It might even be why Brits have a different psychological relationship with Europe. We can see a hard geographic border and have a history of mostly defending it successfully or sucking up to invaders. It really is binary. Mainland Europeans know their borders are unstable because they've been fighting over them for thousand of years and know they can't win sustainable victories. Our relative directions to stability lie in opposite directions.
...and: it offers a solution to one of the problems I have with the Silicon Canal white-paper. It refuses to define the borders of Midland then gives statistics about the tech companies in the the Midlands. I found that non-sensical. But if you periodically statistically sample where people believe the borders to be, you can place a theoretical border, just as we do the orbit of an atom, even though we know about quantum uncertainty. That means that you can grow the size of the Midland tech economy by good marketing that makes people want to feel part of it.
If would also make Midland bigger than Greater Birmingham, so it's win-win.