Chances are until just a few years ago that your small electrical items like kettles and toasters would have been made in the UK and lasted for years and years. Chances are if you buy a kettle today it will be made in China and break within a short time.
British made kettles
Philips used to make electric kettles in the UK (I have a couple of old made In England Philips kettles and they are very well made and they are still working), but I checked with Philips who have confirmed that all Philips products are now made in the Far East. For example, there was a Philips household domestic appliances factory in Hastings on the south coast that made kettles and electric heaters and it closed in 2008.