Point #6, on the other hand, would be interesting to discuss for a number of reasons. As you've pointed out, there is a considerable number of unknowns regarding this issue, and certainly it would be possible to shed some light on them through an open discussion. It would be interesting to get an official statement from the Foundation regarding this.
WRT the uncertain demand for a "made in UK/EU" batch, it would be possible to quantify it through a simple scheme. The Raspberry Pi Foundation could set up a pre-order system for this "made in UK/EU" batch, where people could order these boards by agreeing to pay a higher price. From these pre-orders, the Foundation could easily quantify the real world demand, which would help decide on what to do. If these pre-orders weren't enough to justify this batch then each order could be easily converted into a standard "made in Far East" order, sold at the standard price.
With this, everyone would win. The Foundation would win with any outcome. In fact. it would possibly end up being the one that could win the most. After all, it would be able to present a real world case study that provided an apples to apples comparison of what it takes to manufacture electronics products in the West Vs the Far East, and therefore be able to shine a light on what effectively doesn't work back here, and therefore what is causing the collapse of this industry in the West.
The Foundation wouldn't win. All they get is added hassle of sourcing UK manufacture, setting up a pre-order system, and generally having to deal with two streams of manufacture. My personal opinion is that for a employee-less charity, that just too much of a PITA. As an aside, it's not the job of the foundation to try and shine a light on why Western manufacture isn't working.
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