I would really appreciate some responses to this, positive or negative.
As someone who has lived out of the UK, the UK does seem to have a very self-centred view of how good it is in industry.
The main unique industries I see in the UK are Rolls-Royce for jet engines, bespoke high end car makers like Jaguar LandRover, Aston Martin. And Formula One.
Yup, I acknowledge that the bespoke car makers are foreign owned, but they still operate in the UK.
We also have world renowned universities and research centres.
But for other industries? Mass car manufacturing is an assembly job which can be moved to any country. Computer manufacturing has been gutted, with Silicon Glen in Scotland being a shadow of its former self.