Re: Ripe for the picking
As it's the Ordnance Survey, presumably it still has some military function which has kept it in public ownership? There is an invisible line which defines what can be sold off and what must be retained in public ownership, but it doesn't seem logical. I'm sure that there are many military functions which would attract foreign interest, even if it was only for sponsorship. I've always thought that the 'Hitachi Grenadier Guards' would look well outside Buckingham Palace, for instance, and why are we still naming Navy ships traditionally instead of utilising those big grey expanses for advertising - a big horizontal Pepsi bottle would be almost as good as dazzle camouflage, and would bring in the sort of steady, reliable income so sadly lacking in the military tradition.