How steel and seven other great British industries have collapsed | Huffington Post

Last Updated: March 31, 2016By
Sunrise behind the Tata steelworks in Port Talbot. How many more will this factory see as a going concern?

Sunrise behind the Tata steelworks in Port Talbot. How many more will this factory see as a going concern?

The Huffington Post UK analysed Office for National Statistics figures that show how steel and other heavy industries have haemorrhaged jobs since comparable records began in 1978 – a span that has included Tory, Labour and coalition governments have been in charge.

1. Textiles: 350,000 Jobs Lost

2. Car Manufacturing: 330,000 Jobs Lost

3. Steel Making: 315,000 Jobs Lost

4. Coal Mining: 158,000 Jobs Lost

5. Farming: 142,000 Jobs Lost

6. Ship, Train And Plane Manufacturing: 138,000 Jobs Lost

7. Tin Mining: 52,000 Jobs Lost

8. Fishing: 9,000 Jobs Lost

Details here: How Steel And 7 Other Great British Industries Have Collapsed Over Last Four Decades

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  1. Terry Davies March 31, 2016 at 5:44 am - Reply

    industry is being sold off to foreign companies to secure tory election funding for 2020. Tory y MPs get free shares, and boardroom support to scupper any succeeding government and control the economy when out of power. This happens because of a party political system. Cant be changed until the party system is completely dismantled, and the current Lords and Royal family are no longer in power.

  2. David Woods March 31, 2016 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Any data on how much MP’s personal wealth has increased over the same timescale?
    How many got well paid part-time jobs sitting on boards helping to break up these industries?

    Back-handlers galore I wouldn’t be surprised!

  3. Barry Davies March 31, 2016 at 8:21 am - Reply

    It misses the Truck manufactures that we lost Foden ERF Scammell Dennis Leyland Albion AEC Bedford Ford Atkinson Dodge, and even the Japanese Hino’s because the eu decided that Sweden and Germany would produce them, even france for once lost out with its Renault and Saviem Trucks.

    • Mike Sivier March 31, 2016 at 11:40 am - Reply

      The EU decided?
      Citation please. This is interesting.

      • Barry Davies March 31, 2016 at 10:31 pm - Reply

        I can’t find it now but the different nations got different parts of the economy, we got the service industry, which the Germans are trying to prize off us now.

        • Mike Sivier April 1, 2016 at 11:05 am - Reply

          I checked your claim with Richard Corbett MEP, author of the Mythbusters site about the EU. He told me: “The EU doesn’t decide where businesses should be located. Commercial decisions about where to move are made by the companies in question, just as others have decided to locate themselves in the UK.”

          So you are completely mistaken. If you’ve told anybody else what you told This Blog, you’d better go around and make sure you put them straight.

      • Barry Davies April 1, 2016 at 2:27 pm - Reply

        Well he would say that wouldn’t he and fro what I can see his myth busters is so far from the truth as to be misnamed, myth creator would be a better name for it.

        • Mike Sivier April 5, 2016 at 12:18 pm - Reply

          The trouble with your claim is that you provide no evidence to support the assertion, whereas Mr Corbett’s website is full of material that supports him. Of the two of you, on this, I have to agree with him.

      • Barry Davies April 5, 2016 at 2:02 pm - Reply

        He is a europhile MEP, and as such has a vested interest, so if you think that makes him an honest broker that is your prerogative.

        • Mike Sivier April 6, 2016 at 2:41 pm - Reply

          He is indeed a Europhile MP. How does that change the fact that he supports all his information with facts?
          That’s something I have yet to see from the Europhobes.
          In a contast between fact and bluster, give me fact every time.

  4. mohandeer March 31, 2016 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Unfortunately the Huffington post article merely highlights the fact that the rot set in during Blair’s tenure and previously Thatcher and before that Kinnock. We haven’t had a decent government in power for a lot of years which is why so many people can’t be bothered to vote. The reasoning for this attitude, if any need be explained, is that too many people feel that there is nothing to choose between Labour and Tory.
    Can’t say as I blame them.

    • Mike Sivier March 31, 2016 at 11:37 am - Reply

      Kinnock was never prime minister. Yes, New Labour should take much of the blame for allowing the rot to continue.
      But New Labour is gone.
      Anybody who cannot understand the difference between Labour and the Conservatives now must have a serious cognition problem.

      • Barry Davies March 31, 2016 at 10:30 pm - Reply

        Well it was the odious Heath who lied and took us into the so called common market and waited two years before giving us a referendum which despite huge government backing only just won the vote, Labour were against us staying in quite rightly, and Tony Benn has always been anti common market eec eu.

  5. mrmarcpc March 31, 2016 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    The tories flogged them all off for a profit, are all shareholders, all got nice and rich from it, everyone else suffers because of it, that true, tory policy!

  6. Ian Andrews March 31, 2016 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    the demise of the car industry, just like the demise of the British motorcycle industry can be laid fairly and squarely on the manufacturers concerned, they failed to innovate and believed they had the divine right to keep selling the same old junk at ever higher prices, along comes a better car at a lower price and they fail to see the danger until its too late …. for a British success story (or how to beat the Japs at their own game) see the reborn Triumph motorcycles ..from nowhere to one of the biggest in the world in just 10 years … and no government subsidy involved (they wouldn’t take it) just one mans vision and a determined workforce.

  7. David Anthony Penson April 1, 2016 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    What this amounts to is the large scale destruction of this Nations manufacturing base by Traitors who have turned a once proud industrious country into one big Warehouse, importing others goods / equipment and creating a haven for spivs, fraudsters and money laundering criminal types in our Capital city, utterly disgraceful . David Penson

  8. Barry Davies April 7, 2016 at 9:17 am - Reply

    So there is a cap of £7 million on both sides of the referendum, then along comes Dave and spends £9.5 million on a mail shot of propaganda on top of the remains budget, so much for an equal unbiased election campaign the remains are running scared of honesty and intellect winning the day.

    • Mike Sivier April 7, 2016 at 9:26 am - Reply

      Is the Brexit camp about to abandon its current policy of fearmongering and nonsense, then?

      • Barry Davies April 7, 2016 at 10:08 am - Reply

        It is remain who are peddling project fear, and it is the dyed in the wool europhile cameron who is going to waste £9.5 million of taxpayers money on top of the allowed £7 million that can be spent on the campaigns so when the nonsense drops through your door do what the sensible are going to do and send it to number 10 Downing Street, never forget what an odious lying piece of excrement Cameron is.

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