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UK innovation.  Talk about your oxymorons.  The UK being on the cutting edge of much of anything outside the arts died (or at least was on life support) before I was born.  The Canadians have an old joke about how they could have had it all: British government, French culture, and American ingenuity.  Instead they ended up with French government, American culture, and British ingenuity.  Ideas and innovations have been thin on the ground in the UK for a long time, even in the financial sector.  Maggoty Trencher's political and economic policies just followed the Austro-Chicago banksters' lead, and the vaunted London banks just went along with whatever Wall Street's latest pitch was.  Since the 50s, the Ueberklass and its media and academic pets have been blaming the rise of labour for the "loss of competitiveness", but in reality it was the loss of an exploitable empire and the complete unwillingness of the Ueberklass to address it in any way other than to Look Back In Anger and wish they had their own private Connie Sachs mourning over her "lovely boys" who were born to rule an empire that was no longer there.
by rifek on Thu Feb 2nd, 2023 at 09:02:24 PM EST
Good comment. In fairness the empire enabled an accumulation of capital which in turn enabled the industrial revolution and a great deal of engineering and scientific innovation. But the Brits were never great at commercialising their inventions which was then often done by others. They had first mover advantage in many spheres but squandered it all because of an effete ruling class.

Nowadays all their leading edge companies have been taken over my foreign owners and their university researchers have been isolated from their European colleagues by Brexit.They still have a strong presence in marketing and developing brands, but that's about it. Brexit is killing what's left of their leadership in financial services and car manufacturing has halved since 2016.

It's hard to think of anything now where British leadership is essential which is why their negotiating position was so poor in the Brexit negotiations. Far from "the EU needing us more than we need the EU", no one needs the UK for much of anything any more. Now even their rock musics sucks once you get past their golden oldies like Mark Knopfler.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2023 at 10:00:45 PM EST
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