As The Engineer went to press, any hopes of issues of real substance entering the general election debate were all but dashed.
Issues of vital importance for manufacturing such as competitiveness, skill levels, industrial investment, effective research budgets and economic stability have been conspicuous by their absence.
Much of the problem has been the nature of the political parties’ campaigns. But leading industrial companies, institutions and trade associations must take some responsibility. The lack of a clear, single voice putting forward the needs of engineering must play a part in its failure to gain a high profile.
Tomorrow the UK will have a new Government and the engineering community an opportunity to put forward its views to a new audience. The case for a united voice has never been stronger.