"Lessons will be learned." That trite phrase is heard far too often here in Britain, usually being read from a statement, vetted by a whey-faced, dark-suited lawyer, by an equally whey-faced, dark-suited 'spokesman' attempting to explain to assembled media the latest bureaucratic cock-up, more often than not by one of the country's overly powerful and inept local councils. I didn't quite hear the phrase in those exact words at the time but the implication was obvious and you'd think some lessons might have been learned about globalisation of auto parts supply following the Japanese earthquake in March. Wouldn't you?