On Wednesday 15th October, the University of Birmingham played host to the BBC’s Evan Davis as he delivered his keynote lecture, ‘Why London dominates and what the rest of the country should do about it.’
At the core of his speech, Davis emphasized London’s economically dominant position in attracting talented individuals and companies from across the globe to come to work and reside in Britain’s capital.
Despite massive congestion and an ever-growing population, London continues to be globally dominant city that is pumped with the kind of investment which is lacking across the rest of the country. A possible remedy for this, Davis suggests, is the go-ahead of the high-speed rail link HS2 that aims to significantly shorten journey times from London to cities such as Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.
Davis began his appointment as the presenter of BBC2’s Newsnight earlier this year after the departure of Jeremy Paxman. This follows previous notable appointments as the BBC’s Economics Editor and host of BBC Radio 4’s The Today Programme.
BurnFM Correspondent and host of The Topics Benji Hyer caught up with the ex-Dragon’s Den host after his lecture. Listen to the interview at the top of this page to hear Davis further his views on HS2 and the fallout of the Scottish independence referendum as well as reveal his favourite Dragon!