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By Terry Gourvish

Commissioned through the cupboard place of work and utilizing hitherto untapped British executive documents, this ebook provides an in-depth research of the profitable undertaking of 1986-94. This is a shiny portrayal of the complexities of quadripartite decision-making (two nations, plus the private and non-private sectors), revealing new insights into the function of the British and French Governments within the procedure. this significant ebook, written by way of Britain’s best shipping historian, might be crucial analyzing for all these attracted to PPPs, British and European economic history and diplomacy. The development of the Channel Tunnel has been certainly one of Europe’s significant tasks and an affidavit to British-French and public-private zone collaboration. even though, Eurotunnel’s present monetary problem presents a sobering backcloth for an exam of the British Government’s long term flirtation with the undertaking, and, specifically, the sooner Tunnel undertaking within the Nineteen Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies, which was once deserted via the British govt in 1975.  

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A minute of dissent recorded by Lord Ebbisham, a recently-appointed director of the Southern Railway and former Conservative MP for Epsom, opposed the tunnel on economic grounds. 55 It was evident that opposition within Whitehall was still entrenched. A statement by the Government, now a Labour administration led by Ramsay MacDonald, in June 1930, poured cold water on the Committee’s Report. 57 This committee was briefed by a single Treasury paper heavily critical of the presented case for a tunnel.

He explained that a tunnel would expose Britain to a torrent of criminality, homosexuality, pornography and drug trafficking – elements which, he claimed, were the particular preserve of foreigners. 69 CampbellBannerman’s personal opinion of the tunnel was characteristic of so many Prime Ministers when in power over the 70 years to 1945: ‘I have never thought much of the so-called military objections or seen actual danger in the proposed tunnel; but undoubtedly it would cause great uneasiness and might lead to panic .

The Government’s response, 1957–60 While the Study Group went about its work the British Government necessarily retained an interest in its activities. First of all, the Government was in essence 21 NEW ASPIRATIONS, 1945–64 one of the promoters. , and it retained a substantial (44 per cent) shareholding in the Suez Co. 37 Second, its attitude to the tunnel was shaped by the changing political and economic environment that emerged with the post-war recovery of France and West Germany, and the establishment of a ‘Common Market’ bloc following the Treaty of Rome.

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