Too English by half

"Best of young British" (2 July) was a good idea, but a shrunken one. More than 90 per cent of those picked were English, and 60 per cent were from London or the south-east. Does it have to be like this? Has devolution, combined with English centralisation, had such a dramatic effect so soon?

Margaret Maden
Keele University, Staffordshire

This article first appeared in the 09 July 2001 issue of the New Statesman, Just you wait until I grow up