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Nerves of steel

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As an exiled Brit in Bahrain, I am appalled by what politicians are doing to my country. 

In my lifetime I have seen a nation that once governed an empire, and manufactured everything from cutlery to great ocean liners, reduced to little more than satellite of the bureaucrats of Brussels: and when they say jump, our government asks, how high?

Over the years, various governments have sold the family jewels for short-term expediency and allowed great names in British manufacturing to be bought by foreign companies.

We no longer own our railways, our ports, our utility companies or many of the great names from our past, such as Cunard. Now the steel industry is in trouble.

When the banks were in trouble, the government did not hesitate: It acted immediately and saved the situation. Where are the politicians with the necessary nerves of steel who should immediately step forward and save our last great industry?

Would America or Germany even consider for a moment losing their steel industry or selling their great national manufacturing companies to foreign countries?

In years to come, historians looking at this country will be amazed at how much we lost. And they will place the blame fairly and squarely on the shoulders of politicians who would see no further than their noses.

Colin Bower

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