British car manufacturing dips on lower overseas demand

The 0.3% decline in the first 10 months is an early sign that UK car production is being hit by rising global economic uncertainty

British car manufacturing has fallen over the first 10 months of the year as the first signs emerge that UK car production is being hit by rising global economic uncertainty.

The number of cars rolling off UK production lines was down 0.3% compared with the same period in 2013, at 1.28m vehicles according to the figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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Why isn’t the government being held to account on the China free trade deal?

Based on old and irrelevant modelling, the figure trumpeted as ‘extra revenue’ is reported as fact, rather than properly questioned

If you want to see a government being held to account, you should plug your ears when you hear talk about the benefits of the China-Australia free trade agreement. Based on old, irrelevant modelling, the benefits of the agreement have been taken by too many in the media as given, rather than properly questioned.

If I can come back in another life, let me come back as an Australian politician announcing a free-trade agreement. Oh the carefree joy. Oh frabjous day to be able to spread good cheer and wealth to all. And oh how wonderful to not have to worry about justifying any of the figures.

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