I really know little about Holden cars. I did like the few I drove. They were decent cars in their class.
But what is being said (I was tempted to say "vented"!) here is interesting. I agree with so much of what is being said, disagree with some things. I am getting older and have reasonable experience of the world having worked overseas and lived in many countries all my life.
I do believe that many of the developed nations are on a slow downward slide and will continue to slide. Why do I think this? I worked in many of the developing nations and saw that the youth in those nations, when given a chance to gain an education, do so. And most do so with a determination that often inspired me. They knew it was their only chance to carve something out of their good fortune.
But I could not help noticing that the developed nation kids (this was in quality private schools) generally worked less hard. I always gained the impression that they thought the lifestyle they were living was a given, a birthright, for them and that it would somehow continue for ever, even after their parents (who were, after all, the provider of said lifestyle) were no longer around.
I see this attitude in so many adults in developed nations too. Many have good lives and they too can´t see it ending. As has been said Unions can be stupid and push their luck. It seems they often fail to see the world as it is where, as has been said here, larger companies can simply fold their tents and seek pastures new, or in this case, less expensive. And they do so quite ruthlessly. That is business in the modern world. These companies worked in China (many still do), then Asia in general always seeking cheaper production costs. I think many African states will be the next boom area. For a while.
And ultimately it may be what were once developed nations will have lost so much industry that they might be next in line to work for peanuts, and be happy to do so, as the Africans will soon. Because for them peanuts is big money....
I am afraid that so many living in developed nations now need to take a hard look at themselves and their situation. And see that they must do all they can to regain a competitive edge by accepting that they will need better education for their kids (engineering instead of social studies for example), will need to work harder, for longer and possibly for less pay too.
That is the sad truth as I see it. I hope I am wrong. I am sure many will think I am!