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Why Thatcher’s Bruges speech was not a first step towards Brexit | Financial Times
“And let me be quite clear. Britain does not dream of some cosy, isolated existence on the fringes of the European Community. Our destiny is in Europe, as part of the community.”
thatcher  bruges  europe  tories  brexit 
12 weeks ago by yorksranter
How Thatcher killed the UK's superfast broadband before it even existed • Tech Radar
Jay McGregor:
Dr [Peter] Cochrane [BT's chief technology officer] knew that Britain's tired copper network was insufficient: "In 1974 it was patently obvious that copper wire was unsuitable for digital communication in any form, and it could not afford the capacity we needed for the future."

He was asked to do a report on the UK's future of digital communication and what was needed to move forward.

"In 1979 I presented my results," he tells us, "and the conclusion was to forget about copper and get into fibre. So BT started a massive effort - that spanned six years - involving thousands of people to both digitise the network and to put fibre everywhere. The country had more fibre per capita than any other nation.

"In 1986, I managed to get fibre to the home cheaper than copper and we started a programme where we built factories for manufacturing the system. By 1990, we had two factories, one in Ipswich and one in Birmingham, where were manufacturing components for systems to roll out to the local loop".

At that time, the UK, Japan and the United States were leading the way in fibre optic technology and roll-out. Indeed, the first wide area fibre optic network was set up in Hastings, UK. But, in 1990, then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, decided that BT's rapid and extensive rollout of fibre optic broadband was anti-competitive and held a monopoly on a technology and service that no other telecom company could do.

"Unfortunately, the Thatcher government decided that it wanted the American cable companies providing the same service to increase competition. So the decision was made to close down the local loop roll out and in 1991 that roll out was stopped. The two factories that BT had built to build fibre related components were sold to Fujitsu and HP, the assets were stripped and the expertise was shipped out to South East Asia.

"Our colleagues in Korea and Japan, who were working with quite closely at the time, stood back and looked at what happened to us in amazement. What was pivotal was that they carried on with their respective fibre rollouts. And, well, the rest is history as they say."</p>

The American cable companies all went bust because they were digging the roads up and each laying their own fibre. What Thatcher should have brought in was obligatory cable-sharing: make BT open up to rivals. (I don't think Cochrane would have liked it, or BT's management.)
Bt  fibre  1970s  thatcher 
12 weeks ago by charlesarthur
Tory MP Ben Bradley 'sorry' for blog post about jobless - BBC News
eugenics ('in it s broader aspects') was always a Conservative Toff topic to talk about. Theresa May w JAMs, Cameron w Big Society burried under brutal Austerity for those eugenics targets, and Thatcher "there is not such thing as society"
eugenics  Tories  DWP  toff  Conservative  Party  nasty  structural  unemployment  JAM  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  Margaret  Thatcher  JSA  ESA 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Carillion liquidation: Jeremy Corbyn vows to end 'rip-off' privatisations - live updates | Business | The Guardian
Is this just Lawson bullshitting, or the important distinction between Thatcherism and Majorism, in some ways much more radical?
carillion  thatcher  johnmajor  primecontracting  history  privatisation 
january 2018 by yorksranter
Jeremy war schon links, als die bekämpfte, nun gibt er der Party die Glau…
Labour  Gewerkschaften  Corbyn  Thatcher  from twitter_favs
january 2018 by schmitz
How EEC membership drove Margaret Thatcher’s reforms | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal
Our main finding for per capita GDP, and even more strongly for total factor productivity (TFP), was that 1969 was the main turning point. This was the year Charles de Gaulle resigned, and hence the year in which the UK successfully applied to join the EEC. (This was the third attempt – de Gaulle vetoed applications in 1961 and 1967).

Figure 2 shows the ratio of TFP for the three countries that joined the EU in 1973 (UK, Denmark and Ireland) to the EU6 founding members between 1950 and 2011. We subjected these TFP ratios to the same structural break estimation exercise and same range of robustness checks (Campos and Coricelli 2017). The conclusions are even stronger than for per capita GDP.
growth  thatcher  europe 
november 2017 by yorksranter
Germany's far-right AfD leader: 'Margaret Thatcher is my role model' | World news | The Guardian
I wonder if she means the European single market and remorseless commitment to NATO?
Thatcher  afd  Germany 
november 2017 by yorksranter

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