• British Steel, British Leyland, the British National Oil Corporation, Associated British Ports, Cable and Wireless, Rolls Royce.

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  • Ford acquired Jaguar in 1989, BMW snapped up Rover (formerly British Leyland) in 1994, and Volkswagen is now buying Rolls-Royce.

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  • It also attracted talented refugees, such as Mr Thursfield, from the ailing domestic motor industry, above all the collapsing British Leyland.

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  • Ford acquired Jaguar in 1989, BMW snapped up Rover (formerly British Leyland) in 1994, and Volkswagen is now close to buying Rolls-Royce.

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  • The hall of infamy is filled with costly failures like Minitel (a dead-end French national communications network long since overtaken by the internet) and British Leyland (a nationalised car company).

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  • The final paradox concerns Britain's booming industry, now turning out 2m cars a year, back up to the output levels of the 1970s, before the unions started demolishing Rover's antecedent, British Leyland.

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