IT WAS with a mixture of sadness and anger that I heard the news that Kraft will be taking over Cadbury’s.
Sad that one of the last remaining icons of British industry will now be at the mercy of an American company, and angry that successive governments have created the conditions for it to happen.
Other European countries that have come out of recession have looked after their vital industrial base far better than our politicians. For instance this would not have happened in France or Germany, where there are controls to resist important hostile take-overs.
So much of our industry has now been sold or closed that I do not pretend to have any answers.
However, unless something radical is done to protect and help our industry, I see no hope of Great Britain ever being great again. George Cadbury and all our industrial fathers must be turning in their graves.