The gerbers will be released at some point. So you all can go out and secure a loan against your own properties and get them made wherever you want.
These topics don't get closed just because it is a forbidden topic. They get closed because they always become uncivalized. I also want to point out that people need to be sensitive to the feelings of the foundation members who have spent years of their time, their personal money, and unmeasurable passion to make this happen. Whereas many here have shown up just to spout out their opinion with no real first hand knowlege on the matter.
I've just read through the "we've hit the big red button" discussion and things did get really sour really fast. No wonder it had to be closed. If things ever get sour in this discussion as they did in the "big red button" one, I would also agree that closing it would be the right thing to do. The Raspberry Pi team is doing a tremendously good thing with this project, and any abuse based on that is uncalled for.
Right now the foundation is focused on one thing and that is getting the boards out for the original prices of $25/$35. Then after that getting the educational materials ready for the educational release. They aren't focused on any hypothetical future releases. Could there be some small batch UK produced boards at some point? Absolutly, but right now people have other things on the plate.
If a future release wasn't being considered then indeed it wouldn't be reasonable to discuss how viable a separate batch would be, or any other topic regarding any subsequent batch, version or product. If this is the case, and if this sort of topic pops up this often, then is it possible to mention it in the FAQ? If it was mentioned there I wouldn't have had started this discussion.
Complaining and arguing like this is why many projects never make it off the ground. Everyone wants to put their 2 cents in but no one wants to spend their own money and time to make it happen. Let me put it this way, the project dosn't need another member of the management team.
I don't know if you are referring to this discussion in particular, or any of my posts, but I don't believe I did any complaining or arguing. I can tell you that I would never be able to pull this sort of project for multiple reasons, mainly because I am not an EE or have any degree in CS, and therefore wouldn't even know how or where to start.
As I've mentioned before, I really appreciate what the Raspberry Pi people are doing, and I do believe that a lot of good things can come from this project. And I believe others do too. Surely we can agree that, in spite of any number of trolls or any number of unpleasant posts being made to this forum, this project is already successful and has received considerable support and goodwill from the community.
With this being said, I don't believe that it is reasonable to assume that posting a question or suggestion to this forum represents an attempt to dictate how to manage this project, or any other issue related to it. I started this discussion because I was just curious to know how viable it would be to produce some boards in the UK/EU if people like me would be willing to cover the price delta, and it wouldn't be a problem if it ended up not being viable, possible or even desirable.
In either way, I hope you understand that an answer such as "this project doesn't need another member of the management team" is a bit harsh and uncalled for. No matter how frustrating it is to handle public relations work, these sort of comments can undermine the goodwill achieved by the project as a whole and even generate a bit of negative attention. And this isn't necessary.