Forget the bacon, how about the government really committing funds to UK products

The BBC has a story about the fact that the government does not buy British bacon. However, there is a greater story behind this which successive government have ignored.

What about the government insisting on a far higher percentage of government departmental funding being spent on UK manufactured goods ?

Why do some government departments which have pool cars spend their money on cars manufactured in the UK ? Why aren't all police cars UK built cars ? Why do we but military uniforms made overseas ?

Simple questions, simple answers. The government does not prioritise UK made goods. Not this government and not the Tories before them. We need a genuine "Buy British" campaign at this difficult time and the government should take the lead.


Anonymous said...

Because New Labour hasn't yet slipped into economic nationalism - well except that British Jobs for British Workers period

Paul Pinfield said...

Yes, I tend to agree Nich. The only reason for not buying British would be if a particular British product was not good value for money... or just plain crap.

Norfolk Blogger said...

It's not as if I am even arguing that the companies should be UK owned (some chance !). It's hardly economic nationalism, its looking after yourself through sensible purchasing.

Kippers Dickie said...

I would like to go even further and see English products mentioned.
I notice that Tesco have re-branded
English butter as British butter.
If it's OK to have Welsh Lamb and
Scotch Beef, why remove references to anything English?
There was a time when almost everything you picked up had "Made in England" on it.

Alan Douglas said...

Probably because it would violate some EU law. Only the French are allowed to behave like that.

Alan Douglas

Anonymous said...

"Sensible purchasing" is providing the taxpayer with the best value for money.

headless said...

I would like to agree, but can't completely due to it being a bit too late now.

The cost of employing people and the incredible burden on businesses in terms of legislation and tax, means that there is little guarantee of what you buy actually being made/produced in the UK.

There are, of course, still some products to which this doesn't apply, but I would venture that they are limited in scope.

A great shame and further reason to believe that we're going down the drain...

Lee Griffin said...

Quite basically we should buy what is the best goods at the best value. If that's from the UK or from Australia, it doesn't matter...best value for the tax payer comes first...even if that also consequently means spending more money on something that will serve better and longer.

jailhouselawyer said...

I don't care where the bacon comes from as long as it does not shrivel up and disappear when I am frying it.