Leafing through another batch of Longbridge pictures, I can’t help but wonder why it is that I still feel deep pangs of emotion at the scenes of abandonment at the factory.
You’d think by now, after all that’s happened that I’d accept the finality of Longbridge’s situation. But the trouble is, every time I see a glimmer of hope, I latch on to it – first there was the SAIC purchase, then that was off… then the awful period of administration; and now the Nanjing era is with us.
Ordinarily, I should listen to everyone who keeps telling me that production definitely won’t be re-starting, because once you accept the worst, it becomes easier to deal with. The trouble is I keep hearing flashes of positive press every so often – the odd word here and there – and the good intentions of the Chinese (so they say) have me hoping again.
This time, I hear Nanjing management has been putting it around that it really wants to restart production. I get all hopeful, and only later hear that it is still looking for funds to do what it needs to. The funny thing is Nanjing doesn’t seem short of cash with which to prepare one of its domestic production facilities for MG production; only when it comes to Longbridge does Nanjing seem to be overtly strapped for cash.
And that makes me suspicious of the company’s intentions. Only a week ago I was beginning to have a good feeling about the situation – now I’m not so sure…
The roller coaster continues.
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