Letter: In brief

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The Independent Culture
Sir: At last all is clear. The reason for the differential between UK and European car prices ("Ford warning to UK plants", 3 November) is the terrible productivity of the British car industry.

It has been easier for the fat cats of the car industry to jack up UK prices than get their coats off and tackle productivity.

If any government suggested anything that might reduce or remove the differential, they were to easily warned off with the threat of thousands of redundancies.

Just think. If any government in the last 20 years had had the guts to say, "Not any longer," then it might be Rover calling the tune at BMW, not the other way round.


Marlow, Buckinghamshire