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Monday, 14 June 2010


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Long ago, the more thoroughly industrialised Walloons subsidised the peasant Flemings. Now the boot is on the other foot, the Flemings want out. How ill-mannered. Still, it must remind you of somewhere else, David?

The history of worms turning is enormous, 'DM', do you have a particular example in mind?

The obvious one is Scotland - and presumably the North of England and much of the English Midlands- subsidising the scarcely industrialised south of England for a century or so. Indeed, Scoland had a second bite at the cherry later on in the oil-and-gas years.

I take your point. And any time now I supose that like Afghanistan they will suddenly discover the Highlands are full of precious commodity metals!

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