I spend a fair bit of time researching New England's history. Division is one constant theme, division between towns and regions.
The Northern Tablelands' towns fought each other over the best location of the railway to the coast. The end result was no railway.
Towns fought each other over the location of facilities. The end result was poorer facilities.
Regions such as the Tablelands or Northern Rivers regarded each other's problems as separate even where particular activities or facilities actually depended on achieving a greater mass, one that could only be achieved through combined action.
Politicians and political parties have played off these divisions. In a world where power depends upon enough individual seats to gain a majority, they gave something here, took something there, all driven by the need to be in power. Today it is called the marginal seats approach, but it's not new.
Charting New England's relative and in some cases absolute decline over the last fifty years, I keep seeing things that could have been addressed by cooperative action, but failed in the absence of that action.
What do you think might be done to encourage unity on common problems? I have my own ideas, but would like to hear your views before putting pen to paper.