Apparently, like mayors, this wasn't optional. It was launched yesterday. That will be the white-hot heat of technology Harold Wilson talked about. I'm trying to be positive:
It consists of a band across the centre of the country from most of the Welsh border to the Wash. I think they've left a tiny corridor from The North to The South via Wales in case Midland declares UDI. Very wise. It may simply be the West Midlands and East Midlands Regions of England. I can't find a clear description. How does the 'Birmingham & Midland' tech cluster work with potential competitors in Nottingham, Derby & Leicester or Telford and Hereford, for mutual advantage?
My first proposal is to talk about the #MidlandEngine instead of the #MidlandsEngine on social media, if we are all playing for the same team. It's an interesting experiment in distributed political power and heterogenous, wide-area clustering.