So I write at The Register on how manufacturing hasn’t declined. In the comments there is this:
“I worked here and….” “I have a mate who…” yeah right – your insights are so much more knowledgeable than the blokes who put the original figures together. Post 701196 – we may not make the bullets but BAe (British and the 2nd largest defense contractor in the world) make all the clever things to fire them.
As a percentage of GDP (in 2007), UK manufacturing was 23.4%. France (the country that ‘supports’ it’s manufacturers) was only 20.6%. Our GDP itself was also higher. I know you will all whine that 2007 (the most recent reliable figures I could find) are before our anglo-saxon created crash. But three years ago you still wouldn’t have believed it (but don’t they have Citroen!?) The percentage of our economy that is manufacturing may have been shrinking over the past 40 years (mainly due to the rise of the financial sector), but as the graph shows, the value of what we do manufacture has still increased well ahead of inflation.
My Dad worked in a factory all his working life. It was shit. Given the choice he wishes he had worked on a computer colouring in like I do, or serving lattes in Starbucks to people who make money in the city. Who the f*ck do you people think you are, sat infront of your comfy computer getting misty eyed about factory life like some 21st century William Morris.
Of course we don’t dig coal anymore. We don’t need to. It’s a shit job. With little profit. Let the Chinese kill themselves down a mine getting it out.
Yes, educate children to a higher standard, encourage opportunities for communities that have not adapted to the closure of local industry. These criticisms of policy are valid but please, don’t try to make me think we want those polluting, life shortening, dull, exhausting industries back.
Only the f*cking middle classes believe the bullshit about a hard days work being any kind of pleasure for a working man. Banging in hot rivets or coding software for banks… which do you prefer? Pricks the lot of you. Give it all up and get on a plane to China and work in a ship builders there mate if you love manufacturing so much.
The recent reports of the UK company that have harnessed quantum physics for a touch screen display show the future of UK industry, much like ARM. Design the tech, license it to far east manufacturers and make more profit per device than they do. Keep innovating and stay one step ahead of the competition. Not look back to some golden heyday when men died at 55 and never saw their kids grow up like my grandad.
There’s a part of me that would like that comment to replace my article.
Not sending the cheque back mind…..