Here in the UK, bread already is made centrally using the ghastly Chorleywood Process. As a consequence our bread is almost universally tasteless and unpleasant - even many of the 'artisan' bakeries have no idea how to make decent bread. Its depressing to see how good bread can be when I take trips to see family/work in continental Europe.
You'd think Google could've gotten Apple to agree to patent detente...
Hell would freeze over before Apple would agree to that.
I think you've got a bit confused - John Lewis operates as a partnership. That is, all members of staff (except the cleaners!) are partners and have a say in how the company is run.
That is quite different from investors/early adopters funding a fledgling business.
I can't help but think that the current series of Reith Lectures presented by the Professor Neil Ferguson is pertinent here.
The lectures are quite long at about an hour each, and there are only three of the final four available so far, but it is worth the taking the time to listen to what he has to say. If you are short of time, skip to the third episode where he explains that the rule of law has become the rule of lawyers and why this is bad for the economy.
Summer? What is this 'summer' that you speak of?
We know of no such things in England!
We can't... that's why we have a half finished air craft carrier and no aircraft to put on it, at least not for the next decade.
But, hey, we've still got nuclear submarines so we can claim to be sitting at the top table.
doesn't chime that well with the voters... so they shamelessly switch positions
Why shameless? After all, they are there to represent the will of the people, so changing policy to match popular opinion seems not only sensible but a morally good thing to do.