The headlines read: 'Silk Road' freight train from China arrives in Barking, UKThe first direct rail freight service from China to the UK has completed its 18-day trip and arrived in London. The train left the city of Yiwu, on China's east coast, this month and travelled 7,500 miles (12,000km), crossing seven countries, before arriving at a freight depot in Barking. The service delivered 34 containers of clothes and high street goods.China Railway already runs services between China and other European cities, including Madrid and Hamburg. The service passed through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France before entering the UK via the Channel Tunnel.In order to make the journey, a number of different locomotives and wagons were used as the railways of the former Soviet Union states have a larger rail gauge.However, the rail firms say the service is still cheaper than air freight and faster than sending goods by sea. The service is part of China's One Belt, One Road programme - reviving the ancient Silk Road trading routes to the West.Continue reading: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-38666854
Question: How are the British people going to buy China's goods when so many do not have jobs and depend on their welfare cheques, those who do have jobs already have so many financial commitments - let alone the taxation and other government charges - and the private debt structure is so high? I am reminded of that story Anthony Cooney tells of the American unionist attending the opening of the Ford Motor Company's first automated production line. He was asked just how he was going to collect the union dues from the automated machines - machines are not paid wages! Wages are the workers' purchasing power.He smartly retorted: How are you going to sell products to these machines?