Brendan Keenan: Time to ruffle rival feathers
Forget risk-takers, what this country really needs is people who can do things better than the competition
Published 21/03/2010 | 05:00
WHEN the first Japanese cars arrived in Britain, the motoring journalists were invited to go down to Southampton docks and pick a car to test at random.
It caused a sensation. British test cars were given a full going-over in the factory before meeting a journalist. Otherwise the door might fall off.
In due course, the Japanese destroyed the UK and US car industries. The Japanese were obliged to make cars in those countries instead, and chose to do so in the north-east of the former and the south of the latter, which the locals said could not be done.