Down With London!



The first in a new series of debates in which some of our best known institutions and features of British life are put to the test: do they really work for us or is it time for a radical re-think?

'When a man is tired of London, he is tired with life, for there is in London all that life can afford.' Was Samuel Johnston right? London is often described as one of the world's best cities and dominates the political, economic and cultural life of our nation. But is that position still deserved? Isn't the truth now that London's overcrowding, cost and infrastructure mean it's no longer a good place to live and work? Isn't it now time to re-think the capital's role in the UK?