The Death of Lt Arthur Windsor, RN.

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  1. David Flin Well-Known Member

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    10 September, 1976. London.
    10 September, 1976. Friday.

    British Steel Corporation, London.

    Ian McGregor has reported his initial findings to the Ministry of Industry. He said that there were two main issues affecting profitability of BSC.

    The first was: “There are too many British managers complaining about excessive worker perks from the comfort of an executive dining room. There are too many managers who don’t understand the business they are managing. There are too many managers who regard hard work as being something that other people do.” He will be looking at management positions, prioritising those factories where profitability is weakest. He said: “If a manager isn’t up to the job, they’ll be sacked.”

    The second was overmanning. “Five British steel workers produce the same volume of steel as just under four American steel workers, and just over three German steel workers. Between a quarter and a half of the workforce is redundant. We need to either produce and sell more steel with the same workforce, or produce the same with drastically fewer workers.”

    The Trade Unions are believed to be concerned by the implications of this report. Keith Joseph, the Industry Minister, is believed to be delighted. McGregor said that he had been appointed to make BSC profitable, not to make friends.
     
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  2. David Flin Well-Known Member

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    10 September, 1976. London.
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    Daily Mirror, London.

    The newspaper has revealed that it has come across top secret plans regarding the military defence of Britain through an astonishing lapse in security.

    Plans were left in The Pegasus in Camberley. They reveal that following a major tank and infantry invasion having landed in Cornwall and Devon, enemy forces are expected to drive east along the Thames valley towards London, where they would run into the main British defences, a defensive line centred on Sandhurst.

    The identity of the assumed attackers is not specified, being merely referred to as Red Force, although in one place it does describe them, confusingly, as “Australian.”
     
  3. David Flin Well-Known Member

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    Daily Express, London.

    A member of the Admin staff of the Daily Express has been the victim of an attack on their way to work. It is assumed that the attack was instigated by “the cowardly IRA”.

    Police have been informed.
     
  4. wietze Figment of my own Imagination

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    i preferred terry pretchetts description in good omens lol
    Would that be the aforementioned M25?
     
  5. David Flin Well-Known Member

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    Strangely, no. Sandhurst is the home of the Army Staff College, where promising (and I use the term loosely) Army officers are trained (and I use the term loosely) in a variety of things, such as planning (and I use the term loosely) operations. Anyone might think it was the sort of exercise that might be given to students. Bonus points will be given for a time line in which Australia conducts an invasion of Britain, landing a large tank force in Cornwall.

    Mind you, the M25 (when this bit is built) won't be far away.
     
  6. David Flin Well-Known Member

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    10 September, 1976. Friday.

    RTE, Dublin.

    The programme Garda Patrol has asked for members of the public to come forward with information regarding two men believed to be driving a green Ford Cortina about the country.

    These two men should be considered dangerous, and members of the public should report sightings, and not try to apprehend themselves. In particular, young women are advised not to accept lifts from anyone matching such a description.

    The two men are wanted in connection with the brutal rape and murder of three women. The attacks have taken place in widely separated parts of the country.
     
  7. David Flin Well-Known Member

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    10 September, 1976. Friday.

    Kremlin, Moscow.

    The Soviet Union has advised NATO that it will be starting a resupply and logistics military exercise in East Germany and Czechoslovakia in mid-October.
     
  8. Artaxerxes Satrap of Claptrap

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    Theres an anti-tank ditch running part of the way through Epping Forest, I pass it frequently with the M25 on the other side of me.
     
  9. David Flin Well-Known Member

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    10 September, 1976. Belfast.
    10 September, 1976. Friday.

    BBC, Belfast.

    Martin Bell of the BBC has interviewed Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams, leaders of the Peace Marchers.

    Why did you start these Peace Marches?
    The senseless death of three children was the final straw. When six-month old children are killed because of the violence, then it’s never going to end unless someone makes it stop. We had just had enough, and people want a normal life. Young children learning to be able to tell how far away a bomb blast is, that’s not normal.

    Have you been surprised by the level of support?
    We didn’t know how many people would get involved. It might have been dozens. We’ve had a march of nearly 50,000, and in less than a month, we’ve had over 10,000 people offer direct support. It shows that people just want an end to the pointless violence.

    What about death threats? Do they concern you?
    Of course. But you can’t let things like that stop you. You just do what has to be done. Besides, you’ve had death threats as well.

    It’s part of my job. What do you hope to achieve with these peace marches?
    Stopping the violence. It’s in our declaration. An end to the violence so that we can sort out the problems. While the violence is going on, everyone is too scared to solve the problems. It’s that simple.

    You march through some troubled places.
    Of course. What’s the point of protesting where there’s nothing to protest about?

    You plan to march in London. Have the recent bomb attacks there changed things?
    London is where decisions are made. Sometimes people think politicians only pay attention when they see for themselves. So we’ll show London we want peace. As for the bombs in London, that’s what we have faced for seven years. Bombs scare us, but they’ll not stop us.

    How many more marches will you make?
    We don’t know.
     
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  10. David Flin Well-Known Member

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    10 September, 1976. Iran.
    10 September, 1976. Friday.

    Tehran, Iran.

    Enquiries have been made regarding purchase of military equipment. Naval prestige is based around aircraft carriers. The Shah regards Iran as a major power, and therefore wants one.

    HMS Eagle is part of reserve fleet, and while decommissioned, it is still moored securely in Devonport. How long would it take to get it ready? Can we sell this? Does MOD have plans? Shah is happy for a pay half now, half on final delivery deal. Given the state of Iran, I’d advise: “Grab the money and run.”

    Disturbances continue. They will keep on coming back until Shah sees sense.
     
  11. wietze Figment of my own Imagination

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    that is why i mockingly mentioned the M25, since these orbital motorways tend to have an habit wherever they are built to stop all motorised traffic on it.
    So any mechanised invasion would get stuck in a trafficjam on it lol
     
  12. David Flin Well-Known Member

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    Curiously, one of the first of the M25 games was that City boys would get their pretty cars, and do laps of the M25, usually with South Mimms as the start/finish point. Sub-hour times were achieved (average speed 117 mph, including delays at Dartford tunnel). These tended to take place late at night.

    It's less viable now.
     
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  13. wietze Figment of my own Imagination

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  14. David Flin Well-Known Member

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    10 September, 1976. Friday.

    CEGB HQ, London.

    The Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB), operators of the British electricity network, has been asked to justify a number of expenditures.

    Firstly, it purchases power plants from Parsons and GEC. Parsons and GEC design and build the power stations. Why does CEGB have a design department devoted to checking the designs received? It duplicates work already done by the contractors.

    Second. It has three R&D establishments looking into design improvements for the turbines. Parsons and GEC design the turbines. Duplication of effort.

    Third. It maintain cost data for all power supply sources in England and Wales. What use is made of this for reducing future costs?

    Fourth. Why does CEGB maintain more operational staff per MW than that of comparable operating plants in West Germany, America, and Belgium?

    Fifth. Its mission statement was developed when demand was growing rapidly and plant availability was poor. That mission statement was “Keeping the lights on,” and emphasised reliability over cost. Demand is stable and reliability is no longer an issue. Is that mission statement still relevant?

    Answer by Wednesday.
     
  15. David Flin Well-Known Member

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    National Coal Board, London.

    The NCB (National Coal Board) has been asked to produce profitability figures for each pit, individually.
     
  16. Somedevil Well-Known Member

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    why am I picturing mass strikes in the near future. Also any shot one of the other parties might get there shit together and use the anger from the working force to call for another round of elections?
     
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  17. Obfuscated Well-Known Member

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    Why do the words "major strike actions looming" come to mind?
     
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  18. David Flin Well-Known Member

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    10 September, 1976. PO Box 500.
    10 September, 1976. Friday.

    PO Box 500.

    “There is pressure to reduce the pressure of the Peace Marches on the Government, and increase the pressure of the Peace Marchers on the IRA. We need to have a plan in place for tomorrow.”

    “Tomorrow’s not viable. You can’t pull these things off on the spur of a moment. That’s when things go wrong. Out of the question for tomorrow.”

    “When? And what?”

    “Maybe next week, assuming the march is in a suitable location. As for what, that’s difficult. Reducing the pressure on the Government means making the Marches less effective. Increasing the pressure on the IRA means making the Marches more effective. The only way of squaring that circle is for the IRA to take action against them in a way that produces outrage. It could be messy, and the consequences could be unpredictable.”
     
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  19. David Flin Well-Known Member

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    And you know, there are plans to modify the rules on strike action. Curious, that.
     
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    This might not play as well in 1976 as it did in 1979 before the winter of discontent and the failure of the social contract between government and unions. The miners had a lot of popular support in 1974. I can still remember the Daily Mirror front page of a hard working miner with the streamline, does this man look like a traitor.
     
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