But. there are serious questions to ask here. First, never let it be said again that strategically important companies cannot be nationalised in the public interest.
Not let it be said that the government cannot decide who should be winners and losers in our economy.
And come to that, never let it be said that investment to secure important government goals is not possible, because it very clearly is.
In other words, let it now be said, loud and clear, that nationalisation is definitely on the agenda, at least when it suits the government.
Always has been too. The question is always when is that “suits the government” something that the rest of us want to have happen? Nationalising a fragile business in the middle of the defence supplier chain might be a case – might! – where it does. Nationalising all food shops might – might! – not be.
Government have, after all, done both……..