Silly piece in The Observer to which I respond.
and was the brainchild of the kind of European intergovernmental initiative that drives Ukip nuts. The first mobile phones were analogue devices, and the market was bedevilled by incompatible technologies and protocols – rather like the early market in fixed-line telephony in the United States before the AT&T monopoly was established. But in 1982 a European telephony conference decided to tackle the problem. It set up the Groupe Spécial Mobile (GSM) committee and established a group of communications engineers in Paris.
Five years later, 13 European countries signed an agreement to develop and deploy a common mobile telephone system across Europe. The result was GSM – a unified, open, standard-based mobile network larger than that in the United States. The first GSM call was made by the Finnish prime minister in 1991, and the first GSM handsets were approved for sale in May 1992
Why on earth would this drive UKIP people like me nuts?
We love intergovernmental cooperation. In fact, we\’re the people who love this so much that we don\’t want it replaced by one European Government.