Midland(s) Engine


(Andy Wootton) #1

It seems that central government have decided we only do ‘meckin stuff’ in Midland(s.) My family sold off its greasy rags a couple of generations ago, so they know what they can do with their chuffing engines :smile:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/we-are-making-the-midlands-an-engine-for-growth

In a way, I’m glad it doesn’t recognise we do software because this is exactly the kind of hierarchically controlled organisation that could destroy what we are best at.


(Andy Wootton) #2

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.


(Andy Wootton) #3

Here’s a bit of detail http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39216421


(Andy Wootton) #4