Soapbox David Culm: What is the point of having a pure environment if there are no jobs?
IT WILL not have escaped the notice of those who have any knowledge of English history that we got where we are, or were, by virtue of industrial creativity and the manufacturing abilities of the British Isles.
Creative industrialists spotted opportunities to exploit our natural resources, the countryside and population to create wealth and inventiveness.
As a result, there was mass migration from rural areas into towns and cities where industry began to grow, creating new urban and crowded communities and, with it, new social problems. But wealth as well. Great Britain became the focus of massive investment in manufacturing and a developing sense of power and self belief.
Industry created pollution, unsanitary, crowded housing and worker exploitation. But an increasing level of wealth siphoned down the classes eventually and we saw a new development in political representation and voice for those who were less than well off.
In the 19th century, particularly the last 25 years of it, no-one should have been out of work such was the frenzied activity in building, transport and manufacturing.
Fast forward to the 21st century and what do we hear and notice?
A vanished manufacturing industry, the drying up /closure of coal mining, steel production and the creation of a service /retail industry culture – and an increasing population with little prospect of creative manufacturing (wealth-producing) employment. A recipe for disaster. Unless we have a manufacturing industry and a natural resource of fuel to run them, all the immigrants in Europe can have nothing to look forward to. Neither can the UK, except social unrest and national bankruptcy and the disappearance of the welfare state.
Today, we hear idealistic, intellectual, woolly headed do-gooders making headway with natural energy projects because of a misplaced (in my opinion) concern for future generations. But realistically, the money being spent on emission control, wind-farms and wave powered power generation is no good without a manufacturing industry to use that power, is it.
All that should matter to today's parliamentarians, are today's voters and taxpayers. I really do not see why we should consider the welfare of two generations ahead.
Sadly today, due to global industrial developments, we in the UK have very little to offer the world because international corporations have bought up and closed own so many historic British-owned companies.
So, what problems do we have looming, if we stupidly allow mass immigration into country with no manufacturing base? What's the point of having a pure environment if there are no jobs?
There is no such place as cloud-cuckoo-land!