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Do you think Britain has lost its way with engineering?

Discussion in 'Engineering' started by Yellow Fang, 13 Jan 2016.

  1. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Veteran Geek

    When I read about how quickly we managed to get things done in the past compared with these days, I wonder. For example, it took us five years to build our first nuclear power station, Calder Hall, from scratch. By contrast, the French company EDF are going to our next nuclear reactors, the European Pressurised Reactor, which is already well behind schedule, and will probably be even later.

    I know the European Fighter Aircraft is finally in service now, but it took at least twenty years. I remember going for a job interview to work on it when I was in my early 20s, and I think I was 40 before it finally came into service. During WW2, it took de Havilland only 11 months to design and build and Mosquito bomber. It took Bristol only 6 months to design and build the Beaufighter. I know they threw resources at it, got rid of obstacles, worked round the clock (they must have), but they got things done.
  2. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

    I think we still have it in bucket loads... The problem is that successive governments and the arty types that tell us what to think in the news don't get science. The government just want them defence contracts, check out how much of our GDP is from selling weapons. Within this field we excel. But most of the great engineering in this field does not get reported as it's not always something to be proud of.

    Then there are great British things like the Raspberry Pi foundation, Dyson and others proving we still have it. But the establishment don't seem to back home grown talent. The BBC decided to make a competitive device to the Pi rather than back it. We have a silly tower going up here in Brighton that is made in Holland paid for by British tax players money. I can't see any reason it could not have been made in the UK creating jobs and experience here. If our own government and media don't back us then we will never reach our full potential.