Ashton Brothers Hyde Being Demolished To Make Way For Housing Estate
Think of the significant manufacturing sites in Hyde Newton which have vanished in recent years; Senior Service, Castrol, Ashton Brothers and others - and Hyde Newton is only a small place! All demolished to make way for housing.
Now I am far from an economist so please forgive me for asking, but when we have completely eradicated all of our manufacturing facilities and all we have left is housing estates, retail outlets, car washes and warehouses filled with foreign made goods, how are we going to make ends meet as a nation?
In the past we manufactured goods and sold them both at home and abroad. This was great as it created jobs in this country and brought in money from overseas when we exported our goods. These days it is near impossible to buy British made products with the exception of cars, aero engines and military hardware. Try buying a British made PC, mobile phone, iron, vacuum cleaner, locomotive, tram, washing machine, cruise liner, suit, shirt, towel etc etc and you will realise that we now manufacture virtually nothing. Did I just hear you say the reason is because we cannot compete with the sweatshop based economies of Asia? The thing is; if we cannot compete with low wage economies of Asia, how come Germany, France and Japan can? All three countries are highly developed industrial nations but they appear to have no problems manufacturing and exporting and competing on a global scale - and paying their workers a decent living wage.
There are many things fundamentally wrong the political management and administration of this once great nation. I picture this country in the not too distant future ending up as the European equivalent of Brazil with a massive population of poorly educated and impoverished people governed over by a political class and economic elite who care only about themselves. Let's hope I am wrong and someone has the answers which will reverse our decline!