Dear Lord they\’re fuckwits aren\’t they?

Controversial EU crockery tax levied on Chinese ceramics
A shock \”anti-dumping\” tax has been levied on Chinese ceramics imported to the EU amid ferocious criticism from most member states, including the UK.


58.8%
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They\’re entirely missing the point that the point and purpose of trade is the imports we can buy. If Chinese ceramics makers are selling below cost, losing money, being subsidised, then the correct response is to say \”Thank You\”. Because it makes us better off.

How have we ended up being ruled by people ignorant of this most basic point?

Can we nuke Brussels yet?

10 comments on “Dear Lord they\’re fuckwits aren\’t they?

  1. I would suggest that it is not quite so simple. If our (loosely speaking) ceramics industry goes to the wall then we lose out because competition is reduced. So this seems like a sensible idea as fair competition is what we want to maintain, yes?

  2. Eddy – ‘I would suggest that it is not quite so simple. If our (loosely speaking) ceramics industry goes to the wall then we lose out because competition is reduced. So this seems like a sensible idea as fair competition is what we want to maintain, yes?’

    No. In the meanime, we all pay more than is necessary for our crockery, and money and time that could be more usefully applied elsewhere is wasted.

    As and when China raises its crockery prices by virtue of the monopoly you imply, someone will undcercut them. It may not be us, but that’s fine, because we’ll be doing other stuff.

    For exactly this reason, we no longer make hosiery in Hinckley.

  3. We won’t be doing other stuff though will we, or rather we will, but the plebs that worked in the factories will be on the dole as they are better for nothing else.

    So subsides for crockery, or dole money, what difference does it make?

  4. This new duty is not going to help Greece. They like breaking their crockery so it’ll be more expensive for them to get new plates. Just at a time when they really need everything as cheap as possible.

  5. Several of my suppliers buy specific collectors items or designer ranges made in Chinese factories. I sell those items, they have been up to now pretty popular with customers. So I’m looking at a large increase in prices I have to pay which of course must be passed on to my customers.
    Just in time for Christmas.

  6. Sally
    “As and when China raises its crockery prices by virtue of the monopoly you imply, someone will undcercut them. It may not be us, but that’s fine, because we’ll be doing other stuff.”
    Who is that someone? You cant just make shit up and call it an argument. Now if there is a competitive advantage for someone else producing ceramics then in the long term we will stop producing them, but that’s not what is happening here. We might be the ones with the competitive advantage, the Chinese subsidies are a market distortion and that seem to me to be a bad thing. So stopping them from doing it would be a good thing.

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