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Thread #160019   Message #3796317
Posted By: Teribus
17-Jun-16 - 06:32 PM
Thread Name: BS: To Br/Exit Or Not To Br/Exit
Subject: RE: BS: To Br/Exit Or Not To Br/Exit
Paying 250 per ton for coal when our competitors were paying around 8 per ton made our electricity rather expensive for our heavy industries. In the early days we were quite good at nuclear power but that got ditched as we had to have inefficient, polluting, coal fired power stations didn't we.

We made steel that nobody wanted as buyers could get perfectly suitable steel cheaper elsewhere. Quite good at high grade specialist materials though - only trouble with that is that there is no mass market for it.

The mass market British car industry compelled to use steel produced by British Steel that had been stockpiled for ages and pay the sky-high price for electricity managed to build cars that you could hear rusting and corroding away at fifty paces that nobody wanted, the Morris Marina; the Austin Allegro; the Hillman Imp; the Avenger - the list of poor quality mediocre products is endless. Quite good at high end luxury cars though - unfortunately no mass market for those either.

Shipping? Have a look at the size of the ships required by the world's customers - nowhere in the UK to build them plus pay the inflated costs for British steel and British power.

Textiles? Unit labour costs far too high in the UK, manufacturing costs too high in the UK. No wonder manufacturing moved abroad. But again the high-end top quality stuff we still do fairly well - but how many people are prepared to pay 1,600 for a scarf.

Then right across the board you had management that was hamstrung and militant and irresponsible trades unions more focused on their political ambitions than in looking after their members and the industries they were involved in.

Things really went ever so well for Britain, the British people and British Industry in the 1970s, we just didn't know what to do with all the money our heavy industries were making - well at least some on this forum believe that fairy tale, others know the truth, which explains why in 1979 we had a General Election, changed the Government and rang the changes that needed to be made before the country was totally ruined.