If that was true, then all of those that went through the school system 40 years ago would be, as you suggest, well educated and very well spoken. In my personal experience, that's most certainly not the case.
I highly encourage you to try Remix OS on a VM and to judge for yourself. I feel 50/50 about it. I'm still a little baffled about why Android can run OK in very low end phones yet making it work fast on x86 is apparently an impossible thing to do (Intel releases their own images of Android built for x86 that make use of all kinds of tricks to be emulated faster on their CPUs).
This is 99% likely a drivers issue, which are not userland. That's why they need to be signed by Microsoft itself; otherwise, if I remember correctly, even with admin rights you can't install drivers unless you are in secure boot mode (which is a little bit ironic).
I mostly agree with you, but you also need to consider that the rest of the EU states might want to make an example out of the UK as far as trading and regulations go to make it less tempting for other nations to follow suit.
I think this is a very interesting prediction. I'm sure that there's more to it than what you wrote here, and that you oversimplified some things for the sake of brevity; I'd love to hear more of your thoughts on the long-term trends in the tech field labor supply/demand.
Nothing further from the truth. Windows 8 might have been a fiasco, but it was not unreliable. After the Windows 8 mess, Microsoft fired half of the testers in the Windows organization and made the other half work solely on telemetry. Windows is now trying very hard to be an "agile" project. So far, they have nailed the fail fast part!
I went into the linked blog post to see what this text-to-speech code (in a vbs script no less!) was all about, and it turns out it's just a couple of lines calling Windows' SpVoice interface. Quite disappointing.