Stephen Bayley article on the demise of British manufacturing.
A great deal of this loss over the last century is a natural consequence of Britain and England leading the world in manufacturing in the 1800's - this lead would never be sustainable over the long term. But that shouldn't hide the miss-steps and mistakes that have been made in British manufacturing over the last century, and the impact this has on people. Mr Bayley argues that one of the consequences is a disconnection with the things around us: how the work, how they're made, how they fit into the world.
I can see that this disconnection may have a profound impact on British and English design in the future.