Since so many around here see evidence of the further evaporation of the British spirit in the headlines these days, I thought I’d pile on.
The first Chinese-built MG sports cars have rolled off the production line in the eastern city of Nanjing.
The manufacturer, state-owned Nanjing Automobile, bought the assets of collapsed UK firm MG Rover in 2005.
It plans to produce 200,000 new cars every year and hopes to sell the vehicles around the world.
But many are likely to be sold to the booming domestic market, with demand for luxury vehicles soaring amongst the country’s wealthy elite.
In six short months the Chinese have built a massive new factory and installed the robots and assembly lines they bought from the collapsed Rover, reports the BBC’s Quentin Sommerville in Nanjing.
And it was with music from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and against a video wall showing shots of Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace that Nanjing Auto launched its two new models.