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A Working Class Alternative To Labour
The consumer, national poverty and the decline of manufacture.

By lowering our standards for products we have effectively been giving long term loans to foreign producers so that
one day they will be able to produce products of a better quality.
That
subsidy to foreign producers has been at the expense of our own, which it has helped put out of business; it
has taught us to say of ourselves that we can't compete with foreign, cheap, low wage producers.
Each time you buy a cheap foreign item, if you disregard quality and durability, you are contributing to our poverty
because the money leaves the country, and because it contributes to the trade deficit, and because it means that we
are idle and without work, while we need or use more things than ever. It has to be paid for, so does unemployment
benefit.

The advantage to the consumer of a low wage, low quality product is an illusion created by not taking
quality and durability into account.
Many foreign producers are not producing the same product cheaper, they
are producing a poorer product cheaply. For years we have been closing down our own production and, as consumers,
accepting poorer products. The housewife who buys a cheap foreign toaster (made using sweated labour) despite
knowing that it will likely break within a short time, is putting her own husband out of work, unfairly (if there was
not a quality difference it wouldn’t be unfair, it would just be unwise).





































And it doesnt stop there.....
When foreign prices go up, and we cant pay them,then our standard of living will
go down drastically.
The foreign manufacturer, not being stupid, and noticing that his wholesale customers are pushing up their prices,
will push his up too. And he can afford to because there is no domestic manufacturer to produce an alternative. The
destruction of British manufacture leaves the way open for foreign manufacturers to eventually push their prices up
and not fear competition.

The British consumer eventually won't even have cheap goods as a compensation for unemployment and
national decline
. When that time comes we will look up and realise that we have been pushed into poor nation
status, unable to afford the no longer "cheap" goods we sold our domestic industry for. What will we do then?


Pollution, the third world, and exploited and child labour.
Exploitation and the environmental aspects of  goods produced by cheap foreign labour.
It is surprising how little people seem to be bothered by the knowledge that their clothes and other goods are often
produced using exploited labour, including child labour. There has been no shortage of information over the past 3
decades about the conditions of low paid workers in foreign countries, but it has not stopped producers who use such
labour leading the field in fashion clothing, often based on a young enlightened image which they sell to consumers.
Asian men die of lung disease from sandblasting clothes so that westerners can walk around in jeans with that "worn
out look". The same half-educated middle class left-wingers are capable of talking about Victorian exploitation,
standing clothed in garments made by sweated or child labour - abroad.
Modern Britain hasn't abolished child
labour, that was done slowly by Victorians and then Edwardians. Modern Britons, British and American
companies, have re-introduced it - abroad.
Apparently foreign children don’t count.
The same goes for pollution. By letting our goods be  manufactured abroad we have merely exported our pollution to
places where it isn't as regulated.
If anyone reading this thinks that a return to manufacturing would mean more pollution, they should think how
much pollution is created manufacturing their goods in China. Anything produced here would be subject to British
standards of emissions control. The more we produce here the less global pollution there would be.


People worry about the effect of high wages on exports. (We have dealt with that above) But they don't worry
about money leaving the country through foreign-owned corporations. High wages keep money in the country.
People mistakenly think that the link between exports and wages is the important one, thinking that we mustn't pay
ourselves high wages because we can't "afford it". But people often don't have the same anxiety about the profits of
huge corporations
actually leaving the country. Money paid to workers in the form of wages stays in the economy.
Money creamed off in profits, if it is then invested abroad, is actually leaving the economy, and only part of it
returns, later if ever, in the form of interest on the loans. But if those corporations making the profits are foreign-
owned, then the money is gone forever. And the less we manufacture ourselves, the more likely those corporations are
to be foreign owned, and it is a situation that grows worse unless reversed, as the flood of outward investment
inevitably grows as British companies fade away.
This flood of outward investment has continued since 1983
so that investment abroad has replaced domestic manufacture as a source of income.
Toaster Price
£5
replacement
after 2 years
£5
again after 4
years
£5
again after 6
years
£5
again after 8
years
£5
subtotal
£25
indirect costs
unemployment
  unemployment
benefit
  social services/prison
  trade deficit
  falling wages
  falling tax receipts
  government debt
  govt  borrowing
  spending cuts/poverty
  even lower wages
Total Price
National Decline
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