The failure of MG Rover earlier this year was another sorry chapter in the long decline of the indigenous volume car making industry in Britain. But the history associated with brands like Austin and Rover as well as the turbulent industrial times at British Leyland continues to provoke discussion. In his regular column for just-auto, Karl Ludvigsen offers some observations and reflections on a company that, at times and in various incarnations, represented the best and the worst of the British motor industry.