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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Birmingham: The Chocolate Ghost Town






This town, is coming like a ghost town
Why must the youth fight against themselves?
Government leaving the youth on the shelf
This place, is coming like a ghost town
No job to be found in this country
Can't go on no more
The people getting angry

This town, is coming like a ghost town
This town, is coming like a ghost town
This town, is coming like a ghost town
This town, is coming like a ghost town

Dammers 1981

Performed by The Specials.

Well, it seems yet another once proud product of Birmingham has fallen by the wayside.

Kraft, the American food, and beverage company announced that it has agreed to buy Cadbury for £11.5bn - they will be getting a loan from... wait for it... UK banks!

Kraft recently sold it's American Pizza business for $3.7bn to help part-fund the Cadbury takeover - so, at the drop of a hat all those working for their pizza business were left jobless.

There are literally hundreds of UK businesses collapsing by the day, UK banks won't borrow them money you see. It would appear the criteria for getting a business loans these days would be 'Non-English can only apply'

Birmingham was once a thriving city, it's car industry vanished overnight with the loss of thousands of jobs at the Rover plant in Longbridge. The closure also had a knock on effect for suppliers to the car plant. An estimated 24,000 lost their jobs, many of whom remain unemployed and in debt to this day.

The HP Sauce factory in Aston, Birmingham, was moved to Holland with the loss of 120 jobs. Another proud product of Birmingham.

And now Cadbury.

As a child growing up I used to walk through 'the cage' at Cadbury. Myself and a few of my friends would whistle up to the workers who would throw down some broken chocolate. They were our Willy Wonka, if you like.


Image: wikipedia.org

The area of Bournville, where Cadbury is situated, is a quaint village, untouched by history. The Cadbury family moved their chocolate factory their in 1879.

Who would have thought that 130 years later a huge American firm, best known for its cheese, would be borrowing money from the British to buy a British company that employs British people that will no doubt end up on the dole queues in Birmingham.

George and Richard Cadbury must be turning in their graves.

Welcome to the United States of Britain!

Fid

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