Message from discussion Surely my jokes are not that bad?
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Subject: Re: Surely my jokes are not that bad?
From: GaryN <webmas...@oxtoyrun.org.uk>
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Alec Cawley <a...@spamspam.co.uk> wrote in
> Larry Moore <sshirleyallan1...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 2012-03-29, Lesley Weston <brightly_coloured_b...@yahoo.co.uk>
>>> Otherwise, a
>>> factory  or office that starts at 8 while the local schools start
>>> at 9 will cause endless problems.
>>>  Are there any left in the western world?
>> We still have factories that JIT ship auto parts to Toyota, GM and
>> Ford assembly plants. So when the Excited States decided to move
>> the DST start before the equinox, we automatically followed.
> Yes, the US is still the world's largest manufacturer, and the UK is,
> IIRC, the ninth. But both manufacture mostly high value capital
> equipment that doesn't appear on the high street - planes, specialist
> electronics, medicines, specialist chemicals. By contrast, China
> appears disproportionately large because it provides the final
> assembly for a large amount of stuff manufactured in other countries
> that then reaches ordinary consumers. While iPads are famously made in
> China, only about 3% of the high street price goes to the assembly
I think the tendency in Britain these days is to produce quality rather
than quantity. We can't compete with the sheer production capacity of
China or USia but we can, and do, produce quality stuff. The
manufacturing companies I worked for got orders from both places because
we produced the best.
For some arcane reason British workmen take a pride in doing the best
they can, unlike slave labour slapping together microchips in Szechuan.
I suppose China could build a copy of a Rolls Royce or a Bently but it
wouldn't *be* the real thing.
"Your Reputation is what people know about you.
Your Honour is what you know about yourself"
Lois McMaster Bujold.