But in reality, this model has skewed investment, directing it away from manufacturing and other industries that still make up the bulk of employment in towns and outer city areas.
As long as we don;t define “local” to mean “inside the factory walls” there is nowhere in Britain where manufacturing produces a majority of jobs. Nowhere that even industrial production does. Hasn’t been for generations either.
Seriously, manufacturing is 10% of the UK economy, “industry” as a whole maybe 20%. Get over it you fool.