Letter: In Brief

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Sir: The Government has saved, for a time, uncompetitive jobs in the Midlands in an obsolete plant. Longbridge will undoubtedly absorb further millions before it finally closes. I wonder if they considered an alternative way to spend their pounds 200m: close Longbridge now, and invest heavily in creating new jobs in the global information economy, in Birmingham. This would give the citizens of the Midlands a toehold in the economy of the future, to compensate for the ball and chain of the past.

MATTHEW RHODES

Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

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