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Buy British to protect our industry


Sir, Sir Anthony Bamford is absolutely right about buying British-made goods (Revved Up, February 2).

When I worked as a foreman in Germany for a large family firm all the equipment was German-made.

When I asked the owner how come the company never bought any foreign machines, he said: 'We buy our own products so that our own labour sustains its employment and expansion in our manufacturing industry.

'If we bought foreign machines we would not be able to hire out our own cranes to any future projects as there would not be any projects.' The company had over 80 German-made mobile cranes. The UK now has no company that makes mobile cranes. Go to any construction site and most of the machinery is foreign.

Since New Labour came into power over one million manufacturing jobs have disappeared. Where the Tories left off, Labour continued.

While Rover was in business, many of its employees bought Japanese, French or German products and it had a boomerang effect on them ? they ended up unemployed.

People do not understand the consequences of their actions.

Unions must also take responsibility here instead of just being politically involved.

How often do we hear that a union has stepped in to save a factory from closing by injecting its own cash?

In Germany it is common to hear of this happening.

Z M Stevanovich Didcot, Oxfordshire