Published: 11th Oct 2012

ESTRAGON: We always find something, eh Didi, to give us the impression we exist? DIDI (Vladimir): Yes yes, we’re magicians Some economic thinking is becoming a bit like the surreal world contained in Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot!  This absurd and random thought came to mind whilst I was a bit wearied, listening to a presentation on the impressive growth plans for Atlantic Gateway, a development corridor running between Manchester and Liverpool. In Waiting for Godot, a pair of ‘down at heel’ men – Estragon and Vladimir (Didi), endlessly divert themselves, while waiting for someone named Godot to arrive. To fill the waiting, they eat, sleep, blether, bicker, sing, play games, exercise, fool around, anything ‘to hold the terrible silence at bay’. In the Atlantic Gateway presentation, I was startled and amazed by the scale and by the aspirations.  They spoke of the potential for 250,000 jobs and £14bn … (To read the full article, subscribe below)