Save Our Steel

There’s something ironic – and deeply irritating – about a Government announcement on April Fools Day that they are doing “all we can” to save the British steel industry.

That “all we can” is immediately followed by a refusal to consider nationalisation so “all we can” does not include the one thing that many economists reckon is essential now.

This is said before the responsible minister has visited Port Talbot and when the high-value contracts for projects like HS2 – the major rail link – include no British steel being used at all.

As has happened many times in the past, the people who live and work near the plants will be left to suffer while “sensible” political decisions are worked out.

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