I think ‘trick’ is the operative word here. The NE of England have been tricked alright, usually they get some sweeties and a vanity project to keep the worker bees happy and non worker bees very unhappy and committing crimes, and their councils are all quite happy with the poverty and crime related to long term austerity and neglect by their English government. My dad in his latter years used to say that Gateshead was like ‘Bloody Beirut’ because it was a shambolic, run down neglected town/area/region. He couldn’t understand why people accepted it. Things are still the same, by the sounds of it. Is ScotGov rejecting ‘free ports’? Are they allowed to do?
Scotland has much more positive investment going on. Here are a couple of articles in case people have not seen this yet:
Maybe the ‘mayor’ of Tees Valley has ‘missed a trick’. I wonder how much he takes from the public purse while people in his region of England are no doubt unable to afford the basics. Weren’t people tricked into voting Tory there in 2019?