“ONE North” is a new consortium of major cities across the North who want to create an economic powerhouse.
Chancellor George Osborne says he backs the initiative.
He wants the North to “fizz” with intellectual vigour.
He also speaks about the increased powers that will be devolved from Westminster to Edinburgh if Scotland votes to remain in the UK next month.
There is a lesson here from Scotland for the North, which is that the North needs its own devolved parliament if it is to compete economically.