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Governments love to be thought to be the saviour of the people - listen to any politician and they will intervene in any number of ways known and as yet unknown to man to assure the future of the nation, the region, the city, the countryside, the ports, the railways, the hospitals, the towns, the rivers, the parks, the farmers, the fishermen, the housing market, the children, the pensioners, the veterans, the small businesses, etc etc (apologies to any I have omitted).

When have such interventions ever delivered their promised outcome (let alone at the promised cost)?

So will Boris Johnson's latest wheeze to level up the North bear the promised fruit of increased prosperity for the "grim up North", or will it simply expand the burden of stultifying central control outwards from London?

Brexit-watch has the story.