marin man wrote:
Maybe I am ignorant coming from the south but was'nt the trouble all started by greedy unionists any way wanting to claw their way up the social ladder and forgetting their place...........
No marin man, the "trouble" started in the late 1960s when Japan could build a ship for less money than we were charging just for the requisite steel and when developing nations could produce coal for less than half what the British were charging.
The Labour government nationalised steel, coal and rail in 1945, referring to them as "the commanding heights of British industry". A hundred years earlier, that was an accurate description because only the British knew how to make steel, railways and iron ships. But by 1970, everyone
knew how to make them. So we had no economic advantage there; in fact, we had been overtaken by the rest of the world. Instead of giving up on those 19th century industries, the unions bullied every government during the 1970s into flogging a dead horse.
Margaret Thatcher gets the blame for the shutting of steel factories, shipyards and coal mines. But the fact of the matter is that Britain couldn't compete in those industries anymore. Thatcher just happened to be the PM who wouldn't be bullied by the unions into keeping them alive with massive subsidies.
Even though the old industries were dying, there was a chance to replace them. In the 1960s, the UK did have
fledgling companies developing computers, satellites and digital communication technology. But between Conservative cost-cutting and Labour interference they all went to the wall or were sold off to foreign competitors who profited from British ingenuity.
History was repeated in 2000 when BMW were selling Rover. Alchemy Partners were going to buy the company and let go of 75% of the workforce to create a much smaller, but sustainable, MG sports car company. The unions didn't like this and made Jon Moulton out to be some kind of cold, Thatcherite job-slasher. So Rover was handed to the Phoenix Consortium who promised that they wouldn't sack anyone. 5 years later, the company was insolvent and everyone lost their jobs (apart from the R&D dept. whose ingenuity is now in the employ of the Chinese).
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