Last summer, I visited the Oxfordshire former Rover Group Factory at Cowley. Yes, where some of our 75s and my MG Montego Turbo was built. Very impressive and lost count of the huge number of massive Robots incessantly at work banging out stuff without so much as saying a word but, very, very noisy all the same. Ear defenders a must. Very few actual humans to be seen anywhere.
A third of a century ago, a conducted factory tour of Austin-Rover Group's factory at Longbridge saw lots of productive activity and ... lots of active staff. Twenty odd years previously, a visit to various UK Locomotive works refurbishing Steam Locomotives and manufacturing new Diesel Locomotives was very impressive with lots of actively skilled staff. Not now. Those hundreds of impressive Class 66 Heavy freight Diesel Locomotives and other rolling stock you see now on what was once British Rail, were all imports having been made many miles away from the UK. Providing jobs and profit for ... not the UK. No end to it.
Forty years ago, a life-long friend worked for London Transport. A good job and one which saw him on an exchange with his equivalent in Canada Transport for a spell. He told me that when he stepped into a Railway Carriage over there, he spotted the manufacturer's works plate. The wording must have been very familiar to anyone stepping into London Underground Rolling Stock in the past. Those words :~
THE GLOUCESTER CARRIAGE AND WAGON COMPANY
That factory site is now a large Retail park ... selling mainly imported goods.
It's what we do, or, just maybe, DID prior to June 23rd which trumped those not fit for purpose types in what has become the short sighted, less caring and clueless Westmonster.
I have been banging this and other drums for more than ten years. Much more as I looked beyond a profit by next Tuesday or, export jobs, sell off and asset strip and run with the short term proceeds.... of benefit to a precious few. That was rife and still is. BHS anyone.
So where will all the needed employment come from to enable most folks to buy stuff if robots are employed instead or, worse than that, jobs exported when stuff made elsewhere? UK does not even make many robots, more hugely expensive job destroying imports. Guess where those Cowley Robots were manufactured. It is just the tip of the Iceberg and long term does not much appear any better. That stuff made elsewhere will still be wanted to be sold here in the UK to take advantage of fatter margins.
Skilled workers dumped without a second thought is now uncaring and rife. The trend of parasitical so called foreign control under the guise of "Investment" still appears the way to go. Go being the operative word.
Those we entrust to the UK people and our Nation's well being every few years clearly evident now most have not been fit for purpose for far too long. They are the "I'm alright Jacks and Jills" blind, nothing to see here types who cushioned against those harsher realities their short sighted policies create severely affecting the rest of us, still appears of little concern to these not fit for purpose I'm alright types.
June 23rd has shaken most of those nothing to see here complacent types to their clueless cores. About time and rightly so. They simply did not get it and some are determined not to do so still. Such are the abuses and corrupt powers of the privileged.
Indigenous UK manufacturing has been deliberately and systematically neglected with numerous examples existing to illustrate this on massively short sighted widespread scale. Selling off of National Assets, not least the once massively asset rich former Rover Group to a major manufacturing competitor ... for a fraction of its true value. Cue much asset stripping and cherry picking. What a turn up that was although some, no names, no pack drill, forecast at the time of the uber-cheap takeover it would all end in tears.
Now bet that's cheered you all up no end....