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“Britain’s industrialisation was secured by destroying the manufacturing capacity of India. In 1699, the British government banned the import of cotton cloth from India. Forbidden because it was superior to our own. As the industrial revolution was built on the textiles industry, we could not have achieved our global economic dominance if we had let it in. Throughout the late 18th and 19th centuries, India was forced to supply raw materials to Britain’s manufacturers, but forbidden to produce competing finished products. We are rich because the Indians are poor.

Now the jobs we stole 200 years ago are returning to India.

There is a profound historical irony here. Indian workers can outcompete British workers today because Britain smashed their ability to compete in the past. Having destroyed India’s own industries, the East India Company and the colonial authorities obliged its people to speak our language, adopt our working practices and surrender their labour to multinational corporations. Workers in call centres in Germany and Holland are less vulnerable than ours, as Germany and Holland were less successful colonists, with the result that fewer people in the poor world now speak their languages.

The impact on British workers will be devastating. Service jobs of the kind now being exported were supposed to make up for the loss of employment in the manufacturing industries which disappeared overseas in the 1980s and 1990s.

For centuries, we have permitted ourselves to ignore the extent to which our welfare is dependent on the denial of other people’s. We begin to understand the implications of the system we have created only when it turns against ourselves."

George Monbiot

Everything balances out eventually. Read this book



Comments

  • Danny
    Dannyover 5 years ago

    I love it when you get all historical, academical and just plain cynical.
    Classic Lucan.
    Back to T Shirts I see.
    Obviously the Russian Bride Web thingy didn’t go to plan?

  • Actually it’s going so well I have employed some of them to do the work for me. I am typing this from my yacht.

    – Lucan Industries

  • najeroux
    najerouxover 5 years ago

    Can you pass me the gin? If I move it will ruin my tan.

    najeroux

  • How foolish to put the gin so far away from you.

    – Lucan Industries

  • najeroux
    najerouxover 5 years ago

    I was going to gush about the tee, but again, the tan will spoil if I shift.

    C’mon, Splishy Splashy. Gin doesn’t pour its self Mister.

    najeroux

  • “C’mon, Splishy Splashy. Gin doesn’t pour its self Mister.” this is good quality comedy wordage.
    You’ll have to talk about the tee, no one else will, they’ll be terrified of the words over there and flee.

    – Lucan Industries

  • peter
    peterover 5 years ago

    And then there’s the small issue of China, tea and opium. The English developed a liking for tea and bought it with silver. Until they ran out of silver – whence they needed something else to sell to the Chinese. Enter opium (from British India). Only opium is not such a good thing so the Chinese said no. The English said yes … and sent in the gun boats. China lost. The Chinese still remember this humiliation (and injustice) like it was yesterday. More here

  • Tea, opium and silver? There’s a tee in that.

    Or a very good party.

    – Lucan Industries

  • najeroux
    najerouxover 5 years ago

    Let me get my smoking jacket and I’ll be right with you. Meet you in the drawing room over a brandy, or should we stick to the gin?

    najeroux

  • Drawing room? Brandy. Gin’s for the top deck. Better bring the matches.

    – Lucan Industries

  • Natalie Tyler
    Natalie Tylerover 5 years ago

    Thank you for some very nice type and some educational reading to go with my morning coffee. I’m not so terrified of the words on the right. More the words that tend to happen in this column when you’re involved. Good to have you back.

  • Yes. Thank you. For. Mentioning the type. Because it took fucking ages and everyone. Else is talking. About gin. China and. Russian brides.

    – Lucan Industries

  • Danny
    Dannyover 5 years ago

    pffft
    precious aren’t we?
    you should be happy people are still noticing you deadboy

  • Help, why is this photographer commenting on my work? Help.

    – Lucan Industries

  • Naf4d
    Naf4dover 5 years ago

    Ah well, what goes around comes around.
    Love the typography and can see why it took ages to do. Good work Sir.
    Is this t-shirt getting printed in India or China by-the-way? If it’s India I’ll not both buying one as they’re nicking all our bloody jobs!

  • I believe it’s made in America, both the shirt and the printing. They are also losing their jobs, but it’s the fault of Britain once again. I’ve no idea if buying this tee shirt helps the situation. But it helps my situation, which is valid enough.

    – Lucan Industries

  • transmute
    transmuteover 5 years ago

    Ahh yeah , the old post-colonial boomerang trick…

  • Danny
    Dannyover 5 years ago

    What’s Zimbabwe gonna give back to Great Britain?
    The shits?

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