On the one hand, this can be seen as a simple turf war. But it does go to a more serious point about whether the cabinet is more committed to cutting carbon emissions or trying to support British-based manufacturing. The side which Brown eventually comes down on will give us a little window into his thinking on this. It does, though, seem strange that there is no British manufactured-hybrid, considering the demand for more eco-friendly and fuel-efficient cars. Maybe, Jaguar could commission one—they could even call it British Racing Green—and solve the Cabinet’s dilemma.
Hat Tip: The Evening Standard