On that decline in British manufacturing

What decline?

The bestselling shop-bought pizza in Italy, and indeed in 33 other countries around the world including Britain, is made by a German-owned food company on an industrial estate just off the M6 in Leyland, Lancashire.

Sure, it\’s not a Morris Minor we\’re manufacturing, but manufacturing it is.

7 thoughts on “On that decline in British manufacturing”

  1. to fit in with the British obsession with WW2, we should also point out that “Richard Kaselowsky was chosen by the founder, Dr. August Oetker, to lead the company as a trustee as of 1920. During his tenure as head of the company it expanded its presence into new businesses such as shipping (Hamburg Süd, Columbus Lines) and brewing. Kaselowsky was a member of the Nazi Party. In 1937, the company received the title of Nationalsozialistischer Musterbetrieb, or national-socialist model company, by the German Labour Front. They also received commendation in 1938 for the promotion of the Strength Through Joy programme.”

  2. The general consensus among the journo-mob, none of whom could integrate 1/(1 + sin 2 x) dx between 0 and π/2 is that if it falls on your foot and it doesn’t hurt, it’s not manufacturing.

  3. David,

    Not quite: even if it hurts your foot when it falls, such as the large Cameron subsea equipment made outside Leeds, it is not manufacturing unless it employs thousands of paid-up Union members who dutifully vote Labour.

  4. You don’t need to be mindlessly old-school Labour to be mindlessly “the only real economic activity is making big things out of metal”.

    The number of right-leaning people I’ve met (very nearly much everyone I’ve met who was right-leaning, over 40 and outside London, in fact) who’ve said “it’s a bloody disgrace we don’t make anything any more” &c is Not Low.

  5. It’s all those films of Great British Industry over backdrops of steel mills and welders (cf the start of The Full Monty).

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