Westminster’s politicians got a lesson in the nuts and bolts of British manufacturing last week when a fastenings company boss sent a large cardboard box of samples to all 658 MPs.
Kenneth Stanley, managing director of Bighead, of Bournemouth, included a letter haranguing MPs about the common agricultural policy. ‘We add value, the CAP deducts it,’ he wrote. ‘We do not get set aside. If we overproduce, we go broke.’
Stanley said MPs should visit local industrial estates and talk to entrepreneurs and engineers. ‘In 40 years as an inventor I have never seen an MP in a factory,’ he said.
A Bighead spokesman said a number of MPs had replied to deny being out of touch with manufacturing.