Interesting post on localism by Peter at the Apollo Project.
One thing that’s often overlooked is that many counties (especially the historical ones) are at least as big as various US states, German Länder or even member states of the EU. Also that most countries do not have the homogenous bureaucratically tidy regional structure that Labour and the civil service were trying to inflict on us. (Now the plug for my website). You can play with all the various combinations at Construct-a-region. Interestingly the most popular ‘regions’ constructed so far are London (big) and Cornwall (small). Interestingly also, there is an extraordinarily low level of interest in reconstructing the regions that Whitehall has currently inflicted on us.