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Still, only a vinegary misanthrope could find fault his latest forecast in a new report called Connected Britain. Compiled in conjunction with YouGov and the broadband provider, the study finds Mr Bellini speaking of a Britain in decades to come where our working lives will become more flexible than ever before.

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The catalyst for this? That would be universal access to broadband, which he posits would allow employees to work as remotely as they wish. Better still, he supposes, 100 per cent broadband access can bridge the North/South income gap. And it'll even drive mass migration to idyllic, far-flung areas, as workers are freed from the shackles of having to be near their place of employ.

Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? Perhaps so. But it also sounds like a country I’d very much like to live in.

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