British industry has continued to suffer under New Labour as much as it did under the Tories.
As the 'market' place opens up, British workers are forced to accept huge job losses, tighter wage rises, and worsening conditions whilst the shops are flooded by cheap goods produced in foriegn countries who allow working conditions that would have been a disgrace in the 19th Century, and poverty wages.
Is it time for an element of protectionism to reintroduced to enable British industry to recover, and to force other governments to improve worker conditions and wages.
Several suggestions -
1) If tariffs were imposed on imported goods to bring them up to a level where British industries could compete, would this work?
2) Only allow imports from countries with acceptable human rights records and acceptable levels of pay and working conditions.
3) Invest govt money in building up British industries to reduce the need for imports and the environmental consequences that go with global trade?
4) Apply similar terms to food produce, to encourage us to grow more of the food we eat ionstead of sending the best produce abroad, whilst importing food that European countries know is too crap for their own consumers.