Well no, not really – especially in the north – again. Sums up a UK society where the poorest are treated as scum of the earth and the disabled are treated as vermin. And that; not even by Tory politicians. Some people of the UK are still, even to this day, living in the glory of a past long dead. Even today it harped back to as the glory days of being what is British – noting in clamour of what it is to be a person who should be poor, under-employed, unemployed or disabled – that means nothing, a history of greatness long dead is all that matters.
But, as with this article, we see that something stay the same. From wanting the poor to be enclosed in workhouses to inept British management and entrepreneurship. You see, Britain has an identity crisis, it is still living and breathing bygone days. It will not, no matter what, grasp the now and head for the future – even, sadly, some of the working-class see this as something worth having.
The men who ran our car firms – men like William Morris, who became chairman of the newly merged British Motor Corporation (BMC) at the age of 74 – were elderly and autocratic.
Instead of embracing new technology and tapping the expanding European markets, they shrank from Continental competition and preferred to sell cheap cars to Britain’s former colonies.
That is still a quandary today – you have so many whom would willingly give up a trade deal with a far off shore to do business exclusively with the ‘Empire’. You have management who would rather die than have a working relationship with unions – and vice-versa. But why? That is an honest question – why?
For the life in me I cannot see the advantage of living in the past so much. Yes – I can see the relevance of that past, the glory of it, too. Yet I can see the evil it had as well as the bloodshed.
With fuel prices rocketing after Britain’s disastrous bid to recapture the Suez Canal from Egypt in 1956, BMC’s designers had been told to produce a car that was smaller and required less petrol.
And although the Mini was an enormous hit, there was a sting in the tail. BMC actually lost £30 [a lot of money way back then] for every car it sold.
Far from being a symbol of Sixties cool, therefore, the Mini was really a symbol of something rotten at the heart of Britain’s economy. It was a brilliantly designed metaphor for an industry crippled by complacent leadership, dreadful salesmanship and a fatal culture of self-satisfaction.
Exactly the same as it is today – and by the look of it, the ever-embracing arms of US citizenship for each UK subject – things can only get worse.