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From Centre for Cities:

City Views

How do Britain's cities see London?

As economic recovery takes hold and London takes the lead in supporting economic growth, the debate about London’s role in the UK economy has been revived. Is London regarded as helping or hindering the rest of the UK?

To understand more about perceptions of London around the country, Centre for Cities and Centre for London commissioned YouGov to conduct a national survey asking people what their perceptions are of London, and took the same poll to 16 cities including Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Bristol to find out how different places view the capital. Using these polls and a series of roundtable discussions around the country, the report City Views: how do Britain’s cities see London? offers a new perspective on London.

The findings are striking:

-While 66 per cent of respondents agreed that London benefits the UK economy, only 24 per cent felt it benefited their place – and that fell to less than one in 10 respondents in cities such as Hull, Sheffield and Liverpool.

-London is felt to dominate politics too much too: only 17 per cent of UK adults outside London think that Whitehall and Parliament are responsive to the issues in the city / town where they live.

-When asked to select from a list words that describe London, the most popular responses were expensive, crowded, cosmopolitan, lively and cultural.

-Only 32 per cent of adults outside London think the capital is a good place to raise a family. You can see highlights from the poll findings on the Prezi, or download the report, which talks about what the findings mean for the UK and its cities.

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http://www.centreforcities.org/assets/files/2014/14-05-12-City-Views.pdf
 

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London itself is a raging hard-on of awesome. I think the finacialization & political and fiscal centralization that account for it's growing dominance over the regions both suck though.
 

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The results in the report aren't exactly surprising. Suppose it's nice to have some sort of confirmation/vindication.
 

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London itself is a raging hard-on of awesome. I think the finacialization & political and fiscal centralization that account for it's growing dominance over the regions both suck though.
Indeed. Though I can't agree idealogically with its financial economy or politics, This doesn't detract from the fact that the actual physical place with its architecture and places is incredible. Really don't visit enough, hopefully next month though. :)
 

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oh dear. whose bright idea was this? can only go one way as everyone else gets stuck in that london is horrific and londoners even more so.
 

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Indeed. Though I can't agree idealogically with its financial economy or politics, This doesn't detract from the fact that the actual physical place with its architecture and places is incredible. Really don't visit enough, hopefully next month though. :)
what about londons politics don't you agree with?

we vote largely labour. surprising places like kingston and cheam (very surrey suburbs) are lib dem, as was richmond - before zac goldsmith narrowly got in on a specifically green agenda and a glamorous family background. respect got its first seat in bethnal green. rich places like hampstead are renowned (even derided) labour seats...derided as champagne socialists represented by an oscar winning actress, and as the daily mail likes to point out in the accepted anti semitic code, the 'North London' childhood stomping ground of the milliband brothers and peter 'dark lord' mandelsohn.

only ironically in the centre* (filled with european expats, arabs, japanese, russians) do you find conservative seats. and in the essex/middlesex suburbs. most of the other suburbs are swing seat territory.

the mayoralty is a name contest, and the vote for it is in a different box to your borough/party representative - boris leads a labour assembly.

*and westminster itself was infamously gerrymandered into a tory stronghold by dame shirley porter. before she oversaw entire council estates being sold off, registered labour voters moved to condemned buildings, and then fled to israel (from where she claimed to only be worth £300k despite her father owning tesco) the local council swung around like a yo-yo.
 

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what about londons politics don't you agree with?

we vote largely labour. surprising places like kingston and cheam (very surrey suburbs) are lib dem, as was richmond - before zac goldsmith narrowly got in on a specifically green agenda and a glamorous family background. respect got its first seat in bethnal green. rich places like hampstead are renowned (even derided) labour seats...derided as champagne socialists represented by an oscar winning actress, and as the daily mail likes to point out in the accepted anti semitic code, the 'North London' childhood stomping ground of the milliband brothers and peter 'dark lord' mandelsohn.

only ironically in the centre* (filled with european expats, arabs, japanese, russians) do you find conservative seats. and in the essex/middlesex suburbs. most of the other suburbs are swing seat territory.

the mayoralty is a name contest, and the vote for it is in a different box to your borough/party representative - boris leads a labour assembly.

*and westminster itself was infamously gerrymandered into a tory stronghold by dame shirley porter. before she oversaw entire council estates being sold off, registered labour voters moved to condemned buildings, and then fled to israel (from where she claimed to only be worth £300k despite her father owning tesco) the local council swung around like a yo-yo.
I'm only second guessing the man but i figured he meant 'the politics of the powerful interests centred in London' rather than the politics of ordinary Londoners. Big finance & footloose international capital particularly.
 

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oh dear. whose bright idea was this? can only go one way as everyone else gets stuck in that london is horrific and londoners even more so.
Did you ever, just once, see the glass as being half full?

I think London is awesome and it is one of my favourite city's.:banana:
 

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Zones 1 and 2 are awesome, the rest is a shithole. Central two zones are London from the postcards and movies, beyond that is "real" and harsh London. Expensive real estate, millions of Indians and Pakistani crowded everywhere smelling up the streets with their stinking curry, chavs urinating and vomiting just about everywhere, rude drivers honking all freaking day and night... what's appealing about it isn't accessible to the majority of people, just like Manhattan in NYC, yet people still only see that makeup and not what's under it. I guess that's why Brits are moving out of London and immigrants moving into, because people have recognized the value is not worth the money and you can get much more just an hour away. But money is still massively pouring into London and people can see that. I won't say people don't like London, instead they're just frustrated about the lack of attention their hometowns get and when I say attention I mean money. It's nice to read about new infrastructure projects in London but what does that do for some bloke in Nottingham or Norwich gknowimean.
 
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