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A mayor writes

How can it be that the north and south of England are so unequal? In property prices, life expectancy and economic activity, London and the south outstrip the north on every measure. Successive governments have promised to close that gap but have so far failed. What can we do—and what is realistic?

The Northern Powerhouse is at risk of being defined by its detractors. For the publicity-hungry politician, there are column inches in playing up the north-south divide. They forget that it’s up to us, as northern leaders, to turn our fortunes around. Home to more than 15m people, 1m businesses, seven international airports and some of the world’s top universities, we should not passively accept the story of decline in the north.

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In Prospect's September issue: Twenty-five years after the Oslo Accords, Israeli politician and former Knesset speaker Avraham Burg and journalist Donald Macintyre explore how the idea of a two-state solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict has diminished, with Burg arguing that a one-state solution is the only way forward. Jane Martinson visited the offices of the UK’s biggest-selling newspaper—Metro—to find out how it has risen to the top. Adam Tooze charts the ups and downs of the euro and argues that decisions made by the ECB have hampered the currency during its first 20 years in existence. Elsewhere in the issue: Michael Blastland suggests that early diagnosis isn’t all it’s made out to be and that many people have endured unnecessary suffering in an attempt to live longer. Wendy Ide examines the life and work of director David Lynch as she reviews his new memoir, which offers a glimpse behind the curtain.