The news that British Steel is on the brink of collapse - putting 25,000 jobs at risk - is the sad consequence of the government's failure to protect and invest in British industry, and lays bare the failed mantras of global, free-trading, service sector Britain.
While the USA has protected its steel industry with high tariffs, our own government has allowed cheap, low-quality Chinese steel to be dumped onto our market. The real heart of the matter however is the shutting down of industrial Britain. One industry cannot stand alone. In the past British Steel fuelled our shipyards (shut down), built our Royal Navy (halved since 1990), built and maintained railways across Britain (over half of stations and 7,000km of line have been closed since the Beeching Report) and supplied countless industries across the industrial sector (now largely gone).
British Steel is still perfectly capable of producing good quality products when the work is available - for example it provides 95% of lines for Network Rail. British Steel cannot be saved by further market liberalisation or by simply pumping money into it - it must be saved through a deep and concerted strategy to rebuild industrial Britain which will maintain a steady demand for high-quality domestic steel. One clear starting point is rebuilding our Royal Navy and our transport infrastructure.
This must be part of a broad plan to rebuild our country: Sovereign, Industrial, United, Democratic, Traditional and Functional; like the Britain that we used to know. Join today if you agree with our Ten Point Plan to #RebuildBritain:
1. UK Unionism
2. Leave the EU
3. No More Referendums
4. End Mass Immigration
5. Rebuild Infrastructure
6. Rebuild Industry
7. Fiscal Responsibility
8. Family Values
9. Get Tough on Crime
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