As I sit here admiring my bread made in a bread making machine (Made in China), I hear my phone (Made in China) buzz, (the battery in the phone is also Made in China). It’s Astrid on the phone (Made in Indonesia). The laptop I’m typing this on is a Lenovo (Made in China) using a BCL optical retractable mouse (Made in China). I’ve just flicked on the Breville kettle (Made in China) and shortly I’ll be getting out the massive 4 litre Wilkinson’s stockpot (Made in China) from our LG fridge (Made in China). Ah, the kettle’s boiled and clicked itself off, so I’ll just fill the Ikea cup (Made in Turkey) hey, hold on a bit…..hang fire a sec while I put the heating on for an hour…hey, Worcester/Bosch boiler, made in UK. But you know what my real point is.
If there was a massive downturn in global demand for consumables, there would be not just be millions of Chinese unemployed and with no means of support, but tens of millions, even hundreds of millions. Such has become the dependency of the Chinese on manufacturing jobs in the cities.
My nephew has just returned from China where he was best man at his colleagues wedding. He took photos of things you would not see on TV, the China where the Chinese live and work and eat. He mainly saw the best bits as well because the family he stayed with was one of the more well off Chinese, but he took a video of a housing complex as he travelled along a motorway. The video lasted about 3 minutes and showed (deliberately) blocks of flats alongside the motorway. Each block was about 10 storeys high, each one identical and as far as you could see into the distance to the right were these flats, he filmed for approx 3 miles and the scenery never changed, not once, just these mind numbing identical flats. He said it went on for a further couple of miles and then all of a sudden, countryside.
As I look out of my double glazed windows (Made in Sheffield) over towards the hills and field, with the cows, sheep and horses, through my 1.0 Specsavers red reading glasses (Made in Sheffield) I can’t see sod all because they’re bloody reading glasses. But as I take them off, I know I am, we are, all of us, lucky to live in Britain, as pathetically parochial that it is.
What if, just what if, China decided it wasn’t going to export anything any more, not a sausage (Made in Germany). The world would either come to a standstill or Europe & the US would grudgingly return to full unemployment, apart from the bone idle git up our road who drifts past our house at 11.30 every single day to go to the pub (Made in Britain). Work would kill him, something someone should have done many a moon (Made of green cheese) ago, come to think of it.
Farming, that’s the way to go. Even this cat has a job as a sentinel at the barn, watching over his herd. It saw me coming. So did the tax man come to think of it. Don’t you think the cows have a wonderful hair do? Some women pay £100’s for a perm like that. These cows could easily be ex-Munster & Ireland rugby hooker, Jerry Flannery in another life.