labour sell AWE to Septics

#1
BBC news are saying that Labour have sold AWE Aldermaston to an American company, So now we have even less control of WMDs
 
#3
Well it's not very secret now
 
#4
What's for sale next?

The Treasury is considering privatising other state assets in what critics have called a recession "fire sale". These include:

*Ordnance Survey

*The Met Office

*The Forestry Commission

*The Queen Elizabeth II conference centre in Westminster

*The Covent Garden Market Authority

*The Royal Mint

*The Tote

*Buildings owned by British Waterways

*British Nuclear Fuel's stake in uranium enrichment company Urenco

*The Oil & Pipeline Agency, which manages the UK's underground network of fuel distribution pipelines.


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#5
Nothing new there then. One might be able to contest it in a court of law of course - after all, they sold out UK Plc some time ago to the EU, so the rest of the list is no longer theirs to sell.
 
#6
Its the way its been announced that is most annoying. Parliament broke up for the Xmas recess yesterday, and won't sit for nearly a month. It was announced today. How democratic is that? Meaning that there can be no realistic questions asked about a sale that has potentially enormous impact on the nations security. This Government thinks it is answerable to no one.
 
#7
I can confirm that AWE was sold for £1.00. This money was spent straightaway on a lucky dip lotto ticket. for tonights lotto draw.

Err this must be getting to the stage or extremely past the stage of a no confidence vote on our liarbour friends.

stilts
 
#8
bobthedog said:
Its the way its been announced that is most annoying. Parliament broke up for the Xmas recess yesterday, and won't sit for nearly a month. It was announced today. How democratic is that? Meaning that there can be no realistic questions asked about a sale that has potentially enormous impact on the nations security. This Government thinks it is answerable to no one.
Looks like they're right though, doesn't it? Bastards.
 
#9
tropper66 said:
BBC news are saying that Labour have sold AWE Aldermaston to an American company, So now we have even less control of WMDs
A third of it is still owned by a British company, might go some way to keeping the yanks under control...
 
#10
Anyone remember the DERA fiasco, sold off for a pittance and all those secrets and expertise sold off with it, we now pay through the nose to QINETIQ to do work that was done for free 10 years ago.

I wonder if any of the AWE management will make the same profits as the DERA management did, i think it was something like 30 times the stake they put in, so those who put in £10,000 made £3,000,000, the top managers were running about getting bank loans and remortgaging to put money into it as it was guaranteed to make them a fortune, but somehow the government never noticed that.

I can see more and more of these sales, it's embarassing as they're orchestrated by the management and other companies to rip off the UK and put as much money into their pockets as possible, in most countries this would be deemed fraud and have long prison sentences, in the UK it's the down payment for a knighthood.
 
#11
kes1 said:
tropper66 said:
BBC news are saying that Labour have sold AWE Aldermaston to an American company, So now we have even less control of WMDs
A third of it is still owned by a British company, might go some way to keeping the yanks under control...

Yes, unfortunately that company is serco :lol:
 
#14
coz the coudn't organise a piss up in a brewery even if the bottles were opened
 
#16
bobthedog said:
Its the way its been announced that is most annoying. Parliament broke up for the Xmas recess yesterday, and won't sit for nearly a month. It was announced today. How democratic is that? Meaning that there can be no realistic questions asked about a sale that has potentially enormous impact on the nations security. This Government thinks it is answerable to no one.
Almost as if somebody was terrified of a repeat of something along these lines:

http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/westminster_hall/2000/mar/01/awe-aldermaston
 
#17
This is Stupider than any SIFI novel or film , get the thickest f****s you can find to run your most important weapons factory. next w'ell have the Iraqi's invading to prevent the sale of WMD's to terrorists by disgrunteld employees.
 
#18
Argee2007 said:
Anyone remember the DERA fiasco, sold off for a pittance and all those secrets and expertise sold off with it, we now pay through the nose to QINETIQ to do work that was done for free 10 years ago.
Whilst I would tend to agree that some of QinetiQ's projects could not be described as 'competetively priced', it's stretching things a little far to believe that work was ever done 'for free' under the vote system.

It's also worth remembering that anything judged to be of the highest sensitivity stayed under MoD control in Dstl.
 
#19
Problem is its another bit of the family silver lost forever on the other hand who would you rather purchased the share in it , India, China or the Russians ?

The organization ( a loose term ) I am with was sold on to a septic company, at first it felt like a slave market , but at least they have deeper pockets , shame they want all the credit for kit invented by a jock(That would be Me) and developed by the British.

Better the devil you know.

WW
 
#20
Funnily enough I did some "Rent-a-tank" work with DeRA just before it was privatised. The only person on the trial who wasn't in the "brilliant but speshul" category was a bloke from Serco brought in to help their move to the private sector. He described one incident where they were racing to meet a deadline and he caught one of the speshul ones making words on his upside-down calculator instead of working. Seemingly things nearly got violent. Maybe it shouldn't have been sold off but they definitely needed dragged into reality.
 

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