Quiz question: which of these companies has never been nationalised: BP, the East India Company, Barclays Bank, Thomas Cook, Rolls-Royce?
7:58pm Apr 29th 2012 via Twitter for Mac
The answer to my quiz question (twitter.com/frankieroberto…)… BP was bought by Churchill and then gradually sold by Thatcher from 1979-1987.
8:44pm Apr 29th 2012 via Twitter for Mac
…The East India Company was nationalised after the Indian Mutiny, before being dissolved.
8:45pm Apr 29th 2012 via Twitter for Mac
…Thomas Cook was nationalised in 1948 as part of British Transport, and then sold in 1972 to Midland Bank. (I didn't know this)
8:47pm Apr 29th 2012 via Twitter for Mac
…Rolls-Royce was nationalised in 1971 by Edward Heath. The car business was sold to Vickers, the rest sold by Thatcher in 1987.
8:50pm Apr 29th 2012 via Twitter for Mac
…that just leaves Barclays Bank, which rejected bail-out money from the British Government, and was instead bailed-out by the US, via AIG.
8:51pm Apr 29th 2012 via Twitter for Mac
@blech the Government also owned and ran some breweries and pubs between 1916 and 1973: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_Man…
9:24pm Apr 29th 2012 via Twitter for Mac in reply to blech
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