For the last few weeks, the Scottish referendum has been the talk of the nation. But now that the vote is in and Scotland will remain a part of the UK, talk is already turning to devolution, with Edinburgh set to take more power from London, enabling the Scottish parliament to make many decisions independently.
But this move towards more regional power has also got other areas of the UK talking. In the north of England, our local press, among others, are already calling for us to be allowed more control over the decisions that affect us.
After all, London and its people are a long way from our corner of the world. In fact, we’re closer to Scotland than we are to our capital city. The things that are important to us are not always of great concern to our political leaders.
When it comes to devolution, I don’t know what the answer is. We don’t need another expensive tier of government with the power to make little more than superficial changes. But I’d welcome the opportunity for the north to have more influence over its own destiny and the issues that matter here, if it was done in a way that would genuinely benefit the region.