Bob Pohlman, a General Motors worker for 23 years, installing an electrical component for the last time on a truck at the GM plant in Janesville, Wisconin on December 23, 2008. After nearly 90 years of production, the last Janesville-made vehicle, a Black Tahoe, rolled off the line just before Christmas in 2008. Photo: REUTERS/Bill Olmstead
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Inside Out by David Dodwell

Trump talked the talk at Davos, but working-class Janesville is where he’ll have to walk the walk

This proud, middle-class community was respectable, but over years of safe and unionised employment in the huge domestically focused motor industry, it became used to salaries and living standards that could not be justified by relatively low skills, and lack of global competitiveness.

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Bob Pohlman, a General Motors worker for 23 years, installing an electrical component for the last time on a truck at the GM plant in Janesville, Wisconin on December 23, 2008. After nearly 90 years of production, the last Janesville-made vehicle, a Black Tahoe, rolled off the line just before Christmas in 2008. Photo: REUTERS/Bill Olmstead
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