The gas grid is to be sold off

  oresome 13:30 08 Dec 2016
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Presently owned by National Grid, a majority stake is being sold to a consortium of foreign investors.

So we will now have power generation, gas distribution and the broadcast transmission network owned by foreign investors.

Is it wise to rely on foreign investment for our strategically important infrastructure?

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  rickf 13:54 08 Dec 2016

Don't much care if it's foreign owned. More concern that this government is hell bent on privatisation.

  bumpkin 14:07 08 Dec 2016

Is it wise to rely on foreign investment for our strategically important infrastructure?

Not in my opinion. I would like to have seen all utilities still Nationalized had they not been run with complete incompetence.

  Forum Editor 14:53 08 Dec 2016

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) insists that the government currently has a robust system to look at merger cases to defend national security. This allows the secretary of state to intervene in transactions if there are issues of public interest.

I wonder what happened to that. I know this isn't a merger, but surely the same concerns apply?

  morddwyd 19:32 08 Dec 2016

"Is it wise to rely on foreign investment for our strategically important infrastructure?"

Of course it's not wise, but it's all about money.

From infrastructure through sport and TV such as Bake Off, the money men rule.

That's why the Russians make free with the Channel, our soldiers have to buy their own kit and our crumbling schools struggle to maintain crumbling standars.

  bumpkin 21:58 08 Dec 2016

Unless of course you meant the Russians getting free Chanel!

Perhaps you could also explain what that is meant to mean.

  x123 23:14 08 Dec 2016

That's why the Russians make free with the Channel,

I read that as the Russian's use the English channel with impunity and as it is international waters they are allowed to do so.

  Burn-it 00:38 09 Dec 2016

It will be MI6 creating the stink!!! not he Ruskies.

  morddwyd 08:46 09 Dec 2016

"as it is international waters they are allowed to do so."

Of course they are, but in the past the activities would have been monitored by the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, instead of having to ask the Norwegians and the Dutch to do it on our behalf, as is the case at present.

  Forum Editor 10:17 09 Dec 2016

The Russian warships were using the SW-bound traffic lane with the consent of the Dover Coastguard traffic monitoring centre, which regulates the traffic separation scheme. Ships going the other way have to report to a similar control centre at Gris Nez.

I don't think the fact that the ships used the standard procedures can be classed as making free with the Channel. They were there with our full knowledge and consent.

It was, in fact, an ideal opportunity for our own surveillance submarines to gather important intelligence information about the Russian vessels. Whilst no official announcement about that was made (for obvious reasons) I'm quite sure that there would have been as much going on beneath the water than there was above it.

  x123 10:53 09 Dec 2016

The type-45 destroyer HMS Duncan sailed from Portsmouth on Tuesday to “man-mark” the Kuznetsov group, and the type-23 frigate HMS Richmond escorted the group from the Norwegian Sea as it steamed south.

If this report is correct, at least we had a couple of our own ships tagging along and as FE points out possibly submarines.

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