In large parts of the country there is no more than a “foundation economy” providing subsistence – supermarkets, petrol stations, schools, hospitals and local administration – with virtually no economic activity adding value.
What you mean is something different. Supermarkets are economic activity which add value, schools are, hospitals are.
What you mean is manufacturing activity, private sector export business activity, that sort of thing. And it is true, there are areas of Britain where the State is up at, even over, Soviet Bloc levels of the proportion of the economy.
Not something that’s going to be solved by more government though, is it?