Monday, June 30, 2008

Handcuffs and manacles

I get the impression that BBC correspondent Tom Peterkin is well pleased to report the demise of Hiatt's the Birmingham (Great Barr) maker of handcuffs and, in the past, other items designed to restrain. You sense the satisfaction in the tone of his writing.

Handcuffs are not the nicest of topics in a civilized society, yet they are part of the equipment that insures we have a civilized society, so they are essential. Now we will no doubt be sourcing our handcuffs from China and another 15 Birmingham skilled workers face less than desirable prospects for their future.

And the "city of a thousand trades" loses another one.