Industry and Farming

We have lost most of our manufacturing industry, initiated mostly by Thatcher in her ideological imperative to break trade unions and to rely on cheap imported goods produced by near slave labour in under developed countries. Our balance of payments, although negative, are shored up by the Financial Services sector.

We need to invest in manufacturing industry – especially small and medium sized local firms which are starved of cheap loans.

The desperate shortage of affordable and social housing gives the chance for permits to go to enterprises building well insulated, energy efficient homes.

We have the requirements and skills and capital assets needed for a successful, sustainable transport industry including trains, buses and cars.

We cannot only rely on overseas investors for the development of these new industries Britain needs.

Now we have left the EU, we need to provide support for smaller farmers, organic agriculture, local food markets and measures to introduce biodiversity in the countryside. We also need to prioritise protection of the oceans and provide sustainable support for small fishing communities. There needs to be far less industrialisation of our food supply with farmers and growers receiving a fairer deal from supermarkets and big food conglomerates.

Intensive livestock farming is a major contributor to global climate change. We need to encourage the reduction of meat and dairy consumption and reduce the dominance of supermarket chains. We should encourage the production of better quality small scale meat and dairy which would lead to a ‘less but better’ approach to consumption of those foods.  That would provide much greater support for small scale local agriculture and inject greater value into that system. Ultimately this would mean a better chance for the long term survival of smaller food producers and less dominance by a heavily profit driven big agriculture model. That would be better for farmers, for consumers, and for the planet.


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