Can we still "Buy British"?

#1
When I was a kid I would go shopping with my dear old Gran who would always say the mantra "You should always buy British", to her "Made in Britain" was a gold seal of quality.
It's all gone pair shaped now, can we still "buy British"?
 
#5
LordVonHarley said:
When I was a kid I would go shopping with my dear old Gran who would always say the mantra "You should always buy British", to her "Made in Britain" was a gold seal of quality.
It's all gone pair shaped now, can we still "buy British"?
You gran clearly never drove a Morris Marina.
 
#6
I've yet to see a foreign-grown Russet. So far it's been a well-kept secret, it seems.
 
#7
Bat_Crab said:
"British is Best" still applies with food.

Mmmmm, stilton *drools*...
Thank fully we are still good at food but it is cheaper for things to be grown over seas and shipped. It's crazy. It must be better for the economy and environment to by local or GB made products.
 
#8
Bat_Crab said:
"British is Best" still applies with food.

Mmmmm, stilton *drools*...
British is best but the question was can you actually find anything that is 100% British made?

Even some Stilton contains foriegn rennet and the bacteria which make it blue is called "penicillium roqueforti" so thats fcking French!

Nothing is sacred anymore :crying:
 
#9
crabtastic said:
LordVonHarley said:
When I was a kid I would go shopping with my dear old Gran who would always say the mantra "You should always buy British", to her "Made in Britain" was a gold seal of quality.
It's all gone pair shaped now, can we still "buy British"?
You gran clearly never drove a Morris Marina.
I did, a Morris Marina TC Coupe, until it got wrapped around one of those most British of objects, a Royal Mail van !!!!!!!
 
#10
Steven said:
Bat_Crab said:
"British is Best" still applies with food.

Mmmmm, stilton *drools*...
British is best but the question was can you actually find anything that is 100% British made?

Even some Stilton contains foriegn rennet and the bacteria which make it blue is called "penicillium roqueforti" so thats fcking French!

Nothing is sacred anymore :crying:
Our cheese comes out blue though, compared to the French version, which comes out green.
 
#11
Food only has to be packed in Britain to get the Made in Britain mark (EU law of course).
 
#12
I'm not sure that we should be too worried about the evolution of - let's call it production - in the UK. A few years ago all cheap things (videos cameras) came from Japan. Now not much is made there but alot is designed there. I think that that is the area where the real money is. So as long as we can design and innovate we are OK. Examples, aircraft wings for Airbus, RR engines.
However, when I look around at the Chavs and Neets etc my theory does take a bit of a knock.
 
#13
rockpile said:
I'm not sure that we should be too worried about the evolution of - let's call it production - in the UK. A few years ago all cheap things (videos cameras) came from Japan. Now not much is made there but alot is designed there. I think that that is the area where the real money is. So as long as we can design and innovate we are OK. Examples, aircraft wings for Airbus, RR engines.
However, when I look around at the Chavs and Neets etc my theory does take a bit of a knock.
Well, that's all very well for the designers and innovators, but they arent' the only ones who need to earn money. If we don't have jobs for the chavs to do in the UK, there's no chance of ever weaning them off the benefits teat.

We used to be really good at engineering, across the whole spectrum of processes; in many cases still are, but not so much the hands-on making stuff. Actual manufacture of the designed product is well within the capabilities of an ordinarily intelligent human being, and they can be found cheaper elsewhere.

Unless you're dealing in a niche industry where the skills are restricted to a few local specialists, or you're a small business making basic goods for local consumption, the chances are you'll need to break the Buy British rule at some point to remain competitive. Globalisation, I'm afraid.
 
#14
I buy my stuff from a shop that gets its produce from local farmers so i try my best.

I absolutely refuse to buy any product that has "Made in the EU" on the label as a matter of principle.

Would hate to accidentally buy anything French..... except maybe a prostitute.
 
#15
saintstone said:
Steven said:
Bat_Crab said:
"British is Best" still applies with food.

Mmmmm, stilton *drools*...
British is best but the question was can you actually find anything that is 100% British made?

Even some Stilton contains foriegn rennet and the bacteria which make it blue is called "penicillium roqueforti" so thats fcking French!

Nothing is sacred anymore :crying:
Our cheese comes out blue though, compared to the French version, which comes out green.
Think you need a trip to GUM clinic Saintstone; if you've got blue cheese
 
#16
Also we do make good soldiers; so that must count in the points scheme of things - bit like running over a pregnant nun!!
 
#17
Carrots. The jobs for the Chavs have gone to the E Europeans. My point was that looking back at what we once did distracts us from looking at the future and adapting to the situation today. The Global market exists and we have to get along with and make it work for us.
 
#18
#19
Apart from food and decent clothes/footwear, I can't remember the last time I bought something made in this country.
Unfortunately, most of the "stuff" we buy is manufactured in whichever country has the cheapest labour costs.
There is no way we can compete with the third world sweatshop mentality, and why would we want to try?
Globalisation is the name of the game.
 
#20
Mr_Deputy said:
Its a shame really as the kind of cottage industry culture seems to have died out as well. (I make stuff outside of full-time work and sell it and have done since I was a child of ten. Its not actually that hard.)

Surely chavs could be assembling simple things at home apart from Rizlas?
They are, they're re-assembling de-activated guns :twisted:
 

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