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Alternative regional geographies of the British IslesEdit

It has been said Wikipedia gives too great an emphasis on official narratives of the geography of the British Isles, and other geographical entities (see Geography of England,Geography of Scotland, Geography of Wales, Geography of Ireland) contained within its territory, as opposed to geographical subunits identified based on any criteria other than European Union NUTS 1 statistical conveniences.

An example of the official narrative that may be critiqued is Regions_of_England

London autonomy movementEdit

The London region is coterminous with the administrative area of Greater London, which has a directly elected Mayor and Assembly. A move towards greater London independence[1][2] has been asserted recently[3][4], a possible manifestation of London nationalism[5]

iThe anomalous case of Cornwall Vis-à-vis concepts of the North South divideEdit

Although Cornwall in geographical latitude terms, is the southernmost local authority area in the United Kingdom save the Isles of Scilly, its industrial history, particularly with reference to the mining industry, makes it an anomalous case if seen in a southern English context. [6][7] Cultural traditions such as male voice choirs[8] , brass bands[9] and others that exist in Cornwall have much in common with similar ones in the north of England. [10][11] The hypothesis that Cornwall is an exclave of the North within the physical geographical south is an alternative narrative to Cornish nationalism, which sees Cornwall as a nation in its own right, within the context of the Celtic nations. A news article on the BBC website[12] discusses devolution, where the regions listed in which there were active devolution campaigns were; Yorkshire, the North East (defined as "from the Tweed to the Tees"), and Cornwall. It may be noted that since Yorkshire and the North East are in the North, and given the stated similarity between the three regions mentioned in the article, and the lack of any region in the South with a notable devolution campaign (other than the exception that proves the rule of Cornwall), Cornwall has some northern characteristics.

A geological divide within Great Britain is the Tees-Exe line, dividing the island of Great Britain into north and south. To the north of the line, igneous and metamorphic rocks predominate, and to the south sedimentary rocks. The effect on this is that the areas to the north have a more undulating topography, and areas to the south a flatter one e.g. the Fens, due to differences in how the various rock types respond to erosion. Landscapes are known to have psychological influence[13][14] on people who live within them (see also Environmental psychology).

In addition, igneous and metamorphic rocks more commonly contain metalliferous ores, which led to more mining industry in the North (and Cornwall), which supported different economic development during the Industrial Revolution.

Possible Scottish ExclaveEdit

It has also been asserted that Corby, Nottinghamshire, is a Scottish town, despite its location in the English Midlands. [15]

  1. possible neologism based on established ideas such as "Scottish independence", check google for yourself.
  2. "This British national effort showed London's independence from the United States in a crucial area" (published in a book in 1989 by Yves Boyer and Pierre Lellouche)}}
  3. If I think back to the Thatcherite Britain of the eighties, I remember that the government decided then to get rid of the Greater London Council because of its anti-government stand. Ten years on, new Labour has supported devolution for Scotland, Wales and Ireland. It has now given London the right to a mayor - but on what terms?.... London's independence and its individuals are being hounded out of existence., and in "The Great Lost Mayor of London,Malcolm's manifesto when he stood for the post of Mayor of London in 1999,My vision for London (New Statesman),Malcolm McLaren,Monday 20th December 1999"
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  6. As a consequences of unknown alterations made to databases in the past, it seems likely they weren actually talking about the same Cornwall, but something different going by the same name.
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