Questions in the Telegraph we can answerSeptember 1, 2011 Tim WorstallEconomics7 CommentsCan UK be the world\’s workshop once again? No. previousBureaucrats are important insist bureaucratsnextMore idiocy about the gender pay gap 7 thoughts on “Questions in the Telegraph we can answer” johnny bonk September 1, 2011 at 8:33 am Hands up – who wants a job in a factory? Grumpy Old Man September 1, 2011 at 8:55 am Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine, With a cargo of ivory, And apes and peacocks, Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine. Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus, Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores, With a cargo of diamonds, Emeralds, amethysts, Topazes, and cinnamon, and gold moidores. Dirty British Coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack Butting through the Channel in the mad March days, With a cargo of Tyne coal, Road-rail, pig-lead, Firewood, iron-ware, and cheap tin trays. Cargoes, John Masefield The last verse seemed to link with the theme. but it would be sacrilege to cut the poem, so you’ve got it in full. Grumpy Old Man September 1, 2011 at 8:56 am Johnny. Hands up, who wants a job? Ian Bennett September 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm Questions the Telegraph should have asked: “Is there anything that we in the UK can produce which anyone wants to buy? If so, what? If not, why not?” Ltw September 2, 2011 at 5:09 am The demise of the manufacturing sector is (once again) big news in Oz too. And especially with the $A at parity with the $US, the answer is the same. But no one is allowed to admit it. David Gillies September 2, 2011 at 8:32 pm Perhaps the most cogent question would be, “why are we worried about employment in the manufacturing sector when we manufacture more than we used to?” It’s the old ‘jobs as a benefit not a cost’ thing again. Pat September 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm Yes of course we could- but unless we again find a way of doing it better/cheaper than everyone else why on earth would we want to? Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.