As the news media report that under the Johnson government British exceptionalism has enabled us to beat the world in having the poorest GDP and questions are being asked whether it was entirely due to the pandemic or how much a part Brexit is playing in it, I'd like us to consider whether the real reason we are faring worse than other nations actually lies in poor economic decisions made 40 years ago. I put it to you that we would never have have been as vulnerable to the 2008 financial crash as we were and wouldn't be in the situation that the pandemic has left us in if we hadn't been converted from a manufacturing economy to a service economy by the Wicked Witch of Westminster. The trouble with service industries is that are so reliant on face to face contact, which isn't possible during a lockdown. Had we remained a manufacturing nation, we would have been taking advantage by now of computerised manufacture, which isn't affected by Covid-19. Discuss.