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    Quiz question: which of these companies has never been nationalised: BP, the East India Company, Barclays Bank, Thomas Cook, Rolls-Royce?

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    The answer to my quiz question (twitter.com/frankieroberto…)… BP was bought by Churchill and then gradually sold by Thatcher from 1979-1987.

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    …The East India Company was nationalised after the Indian Mutiny, before being dissolved.

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    …Thomas Cook was nationalised in 1948 as part of British Transport, and then sold in 1972 to Midland Bank. (I didn't know this)

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    …Rolls-Royce was nationalised in 1971 by Edward Heath. The car business was sold to Vickers, the rest sold by Thatcher in 1987.

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    …that just leaves Barclays Bank, which rejected bail-out money from the British Government, and was instead bailed-out by the US, via AIG.

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    @blech the Government also owned and ran some breweries and pubs between 1916 and 1973: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_Man…

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