There often seems to be a lot of confusion about where precisely in the UK “The North” begins. I’ve just seen a particularly egregious example in which a friend who hails from the Birmingham area (strictly speaking, Coventry, I understand) appeared to be being somewhat scornful of Northerners, apparently blissfully unaware that if he is from Birmingham (or Coventry), then he is, by definition, a Northerner himself.

It’s very simple. Latitude doesn’t lie.