Britain must hold its nose and roll out the red carpet for Elon Musk

Britain must hold its nose and roll out the red carpet for Elon Musk

The Government would happily have us all believe that Britain is poised to become a world leader in electric cars. But like so much of what has come out of No 10 under Boris Johnson it is a mirage. Compared with America, China, and parts of Europe such as Germany, we are absolutely nowhere when it comes to electric cars – stuck on the sidelines of a race in which the main competitors threaten to disappear over the horizon because this country abandoned even the merest pretence of a coherent long-term industrial strategy long ago. With the Government missing in action as the country stands on the precipice of a full-blown economic crisis in which real incomes are set to tumble by the largest amount on record, it is probably …
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