These people are insane

Whut?

UK lags international rivals in race to go electric

In what manner are we actually in competition with Johnny Foreigner here? What rivals, in what?

Well, OK, there’s rivalry in the apparatchiki being able to boast about how screwed up consumer transport is but other than that?

7 thoughts on “These people are insane”

  1. I think it has something to do with wanting to be a country that produces batteries and electric vehicles. For some reason people think there is a link between the number of charging points a country has and the likelihood of a country having factories producing batteries and electric cars which would create work opportunities.

  2. It so reminds me of school. The exhortations to run faster & win the race. The intelligent were behind the bike sheds smoking a fag.

  3. There is no “other than that”. It’s all about how much “our leaders” can boast to their mates. Think of yourself not so much as a free-born citizen of a mature parliamentary democracy and more as a Pokémon, and you’re getting close to the mindset of the 21st Century political class.

    As the Bloke says, overgrown schoolkids.

  4. salamander,

    “I think it has something to do with wanting to be a country that produces batteries and electric vehicles. For some reason people think there is a link between the number of charging points a country has and the likelihood of a country having factories producing batteries and electric cars which would create work opportunities.”

    This is such a bogus connection, yeah.

    Politicians are utterly in thrall to car making. They don’t grasp that car making is pretty much done, mature, boring as fuck. Honda and Toyota have mastered the process of making great cars for all. They make tiny improvements, but it’s basically done. They’ve simplified as much as possible on the production line and designed parts for manufacturing so that the last remaining humans can be utter dummies. You get to that point and you can put car making anywhere. You don’t need graduates to fit seats in cars. Little Chinese people from paddy fields can do it.

    What Britain excels at is Blokes in Sheds. We don’t make any phones, but there’s a lot of little bits of tech in phones based on companies with 100 people, and those people earn a lot of money.

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