So the Tories are Hammering Labour in the South East and London and yet remain stagnant elsewhere in the UK.
Well that's not surprising. The statistics for State spending as a percentatge of the economy for areas north of Birmingham are horrifying. They look more like East Germany or Soviet Russia - and are already thouroughly part of The Bastard in No11's client state. People in the North and Scotland receive 20% more state spending per head (even before wages are taken into account). Of course they are not going to vote for a party committed to reducing the size of the state. Turkeys do not vote for Christmas. Northerners vote for the hand that feeds. (who's policies keep them them in their place as miserable supplicants to the state's will)
The North of Britian has been unable to get back on its feet following the collapse of traditional industy because it is run as a labour fief, and therefore business unfriendly. (Notice how Birmingham's OK - despite losing its industry?) Who'd want to employ socialist jobswoths in the North and Scotland? So Business stays away. This acts as a vicious cycle where the only employer is the state and as a result, anyone of any talent, drive, ambition or entrepreneurial spirit moves south. London is is therefore overrun with talented Jocks and Yorkshiremen running the City.
Some think the state can help people and economies. I think those instances are so rare as to be not worth the risk of fucking everything up - as the state is wont to do. The state should provide a defended realm, law and order, roads and infrastructure and .... Urm... er.... That's it. The state should fund healthcare and possibly education (not provide, fund) . Everything else the state does is entirely counter productive.