I’ve been asked to pontificate on this subject on national radio on Sunday night. My main message will be that yes, manufacturing will be smaller than now and will generally follow the trend it’s been following and that that’s fine. There’s not much that’s special about manufacturing, though perhaps in areas of national specialism it’s a host of important R&D. That’s not true in the iconic areas like car manufacturing which have relatively high levels of technical skill, but are – alas – run as back offices of other countries.
Anyway, perhaps others have wise words and thoughts that are worth spreading.