THE most ambitious region in the country? I’d like to think it is Yorkshire thanks to the visionaries and trailblazers who live and work here.
The most outspoken? Definitely.
Just as one department store is never knowingly undersold, this county has never been understated.
The most influential? Not any more for one very simple reason – devolution – and the deadlock that is now a national embarrassment.
As business leaders from the CBI meet MPs, and decision-makers, at Parliament, the marginalisation of God’s own county is becoming starker by the day.
Following the election of metro-mayors in May, notably in rival regions like Greater Manchester and the West Midlands, at least three developments have occurred: