A lot of us grew up in one of those places: our childhood homes in the UK’s northernmost counties, Scotland.
But there’s a good chance you’re not as familiar with the term regionalism as the ones we’re all familiar with.
In fact, it’s not exactly a new idea: in the 1960s, the British National Party (BNP) campaigned for an end to “a separate nation” and the creation of “an independent Scotland”.
In the 1980s, former Labour leader Gordon Brown called for the UK to “take the next step towards regionalism” and “open up its borders to a wider European community”.
Now, a new book is hoping to change that.
It’s called The Regions, and it’s being written by John Hawksworth, the former chief executive of the Scottish Conservatives.
It’s being released on the 19th of this month, and the book will tell us all about it.
The author of the book is John Hawksby, who has worked for the Scottish Conservative Party for more than 20 years.
He was the first to run the Scottish Tories in 2010 and the first Conservative leader to take office.
“I think it’s important to remember that regionalism is about an understanding of who we are, what we’re about and how we live,” he told me.
He said it’s been a central part of his work since he left politics, which was largely as a consultant.
And now he wants to make it a bigger part of Scottish politics, with The Regions set to be published on the 21st of November.
“There’s a real sense of pride and pride in this country when we get to think of ourselves as being in some way regional,” he said.
“That’s a part of being Scottish, a part that we should celebrate.
As a country we’ve got a lot of pride, a lot more than the rest of the world, but we can do a lot better than that.”
The book has been published by Penguin Press, the same company that has published the popular books about Brexit and the Brexit backlash.
John Hawksby is not a nationalist.
But the book has a strong nationalist component, as it looks at the UK in terms of how we’ve been able to develop a “united” identity across our various parts of the country.
So far, there’s not much about the UK being an independent country.
But, Hawksby told me, there is a lot to look at.
“What I think is very exciting about the book, and what’s really exciting about it is the fact that it’s really inclusive of people from all over the world and a lot that’s new,” he added.
I asked him about his own personal background, and he told the story of a young Scottish who came to the UK and ended up going to university in London.
Aged 17, he joined the Labour Party and went on to work for the organisation.
There, he went on a “bust-up” in London and went to university.
During his time there, he met another young Scottish man, and this is when the two of them decided to get married.
After they got married, the Scotsman returned to Scotland and married the Scottish woman, and after a few years, they were married.
But it was only when they got divorced that he met his future wife, who is now his wife.
Nowadays, the two share a large family, but he says that there’s no one in Scotland that he’s known that has a more close bond to his Scottish wife than his Scottish bride.
“I’ve been married to the most wonderful person, my wife, and I know she’s the most beautiful person in the world,” he tells me.
“We’ve been together for 20 years, and she’s just the most lovely woman I’ve ever met.”
The region washes away the nationalism that many people associate with the Conservative Party.
(Image: John Hawksbys) But Hawksby is adamant that the party is not solely nationalist.
He argues that it also has a positive vision for the country, and that’s why he thinks the party should adopt the same approach to regional politics.
“The Conservatives are the only party that actually represents the Scottish people,” he says.
For instance, he points to the Tories’ plan to make Scotland an “independent nation”, which is an idea that many feel is very progressive and would benefit the whole of Scotland.
Hawksby says that it will help to “build a more cohesive nation”.
“The Conservative Party is the only national party that’s actually represented Scotland,” he adds.
If we were to go ahead with this idea, Hawksworth argues, the party would have to make the “correct” choice: “It’s not a matter of saying ‘We’ll take the next leap towards Scottish independence and then