On holiday a couple of weeks ago we had lunch with a couple of delightful young Americans on a world tour. One interesting thing they said was how difficult it was these days to buy US manufactured goods in the shops in the States. I noticed this amusing little piece in the Guardian Diary.
As the Tea Party enlivens the political scene in the US, say what you like about them, but there is no doubting that they are patriots. Two thousand-plus turned up for a Tea Party Patriots meeting in Richmond, Virginia, recently and each was given a little plastic Stars and Stripes flag which bore a sticker saying, “This flag has been to all 9/11 crash sites – Flight 935 site, Ground Zero, Pentagon.” Each also had a tiny motif in the corner: “Made in China”.