Thursday, July 05, 2007

The Chinese or Mr Brown PM who to blame?


Planks of wood…or timber as it is known in the building industry are now a scarce commodity. I have recently undertaken some major building work at the Barn and have come across a small strangulation of recourses in The Greatest Britain and beyond. Fitting a new kitchen, putting a new ceiling up in the pool house, some small electrical work was stifled by the price of timber and copper…

We have for a long time been aware that everything here is now more expensive that in Europe, Brown is taxing us to the hilt and soon taxes will have taxes…I was trying to source some T&G for the ceiling in the pool house, you see a British favourite plasterboard wont do as the ceiling will absorb the moisture from the pool and before you know if you find yourself stiff in the largest plaster vat you ever seen. So T&G which is either varnished or white waxed will do the trick. My new “friends” the local building merchants did not know what hit them when I started to ask about their prices…How much??? Well coming from a country which exports more timber than pop songs, I naturally went there to source my wood…Even in Sweden the prices has rocketed and asking the suppliers there they explained it to me in one word, China…

The Chinese are building like there is no tomorrow, well we are buying so much from them that most manufacturing is now moved to the People’s Republic that they need so much raw material that prices here are being pushed up…so let me think about this for just a second, we shut down our own manufacturing plants, move it to China because labour is cheaper, the Chinese in return buy up all timber and copper they can lay their hands on so we sufferer shortages, prices go up…where is the sense in that?

Well I managed to get my T&G in Sweden and they provided them with a white wax finish, all the screws and clips including delivery to the Greatest Britain at 24 pence cheaper per meter. When you are buying 1800 meters it’s a big difference also when I found out that I did not need to stand and treat them first…

So ceiling sourced next chock was the copper pipes for the heating system…again some little nifty Chinese has been in there, why I don’t know what do they want copper pipes for, and bough the lot so now when I needed 30 meters of pipe I had to pay a premium…

Well considering that we have so called global warming, wasn’t June a picture of global warming? Where is this so called global warming? The sun shines, it is because of global warming. It rains cats and dogs, it’s because of global warming.

Sorry guys I believe it is the Chinese who are behind it…the have imported all the bloody wood from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe and are building little rowing boats in the rowing boats factory ready to ship out to us…call them what you want, but are not stupid….

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Red letter day. said...

I assume the Chinese will be selling our timber back to us as rowing boats because as climate change gathers pace, our rivers and seas will rise and we'll need to paddle about in those rowing boats. We'll be pleased to thank our Chinese cousins - you see.

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