Free ride on someone else's defense for 70 years and this is what you get.
...in exchange for turning the blind eye on US gov't sponsored industrial espionage against EADS, Airbus, Astrium and the likes, why, thank you very much. We're not worthy...
Now that would make perfect sense.
We pump more money in than some others and, as compensation, we're allowed to opt-out of certain things.
You make it sound as if the UK is one of the most significant contributors to the EU budget. You get a whopping rebate on your net EU contribution, seen per capita. In 2009 every UK citizen contributed 62.7 EUR to the budget, whereas the Danes had to pay 211 EUR each, which was also the reason Denmark was threatening to veto the budget earlier this year in case they wouldn't get a similar rebate to the UK, Austria and Sweden.
I'm not sure if a long train ride in first world country qualifies for such paranoia
With regards to LGs manufacturing operations, I have absolutely no idea of their quality level. However, in the case of TSMC, they are following a pattern which is typical of a new process introduction, at least judging from my own shady past in semiconductor manufacturing...
A whole different discussion is the sourcing strategy. I would be extremely surprised if an operation the size of Apple's doesn't have 100% dual sourcing strategy with pin compatible components, or at least a sizable stock of them, before they start ditching vendors.
Oh, and by the way, the nerd rage at Apple for not allowing root access or side loading applications is getting a bit over the top. No one is forcing you to use iOS, OS X or even buying a mac, you can choose from a gazillion different free linux distributions, Android (in all its different incarnations) is alive and well. Korean mega-conglomerate Samsung is doing fine, Apple and Google are doing fine, Microsoft are eating humble pie in regards to their previous views on free software. Intel is facing stiff competition from all the ARM-licencees. There is choice, you can choose a device that suits *you*. You can choose a device with an actually accessible file system, where you can edit config files to your heart's content on vim using a touch screen keyboard, or you can enjoy the calm view from inside the walled garden. Seems to me, the market is actually working (Although patent legislation needs an overhaul)
Sometimes I get the feeling people just need a new SCO-substitute for their five minutes of hate.