When I read about how quickly we managed to get things done in the past compared with these days, I wonder. For example, it took us five years to build our first nuclear power station, Calder Hall, from scratch. By contrast, the French company EDF are going to our next nuclear reactors, the European Pressurised Reactor, which is already well behind schedule, and will probably be even later. I know the European Fighter Aircraft is finally in service now, but it took at least twenty years. I remember going for a job interview to work on it when I was in my early 20s, and I think I was 40 before it finally came into service. During WW2, it took de Havilland only 11 months to design and build and Mosquito bomber. It took Bristol only 6 months to design and build the Beaufighter. I know they threw resources at it, got rid of obstacles, worked round the clock (they must have), but they got things done.