Re: USA probably at the root of it
"only the UK had to pay back all the money. And this went on until after 2006 when the loan was finally paid off. Meanwhile Germany and Japan got free money from the USA"
More of the the usual horseshit beloved by those daydreaming of an imperial past.
The UK got twice as much Marshall Plan aid as West Germany and on exactly the same terms, the difference was that the Germans invested it whereas the UK spunked it all on the running costs of trying to cling on to its imperial status.
Blue Streak itself is an excellent illustration of exactly the warped mindset that ruined the UK - literally the year after rationing finally ended, the government signs off on dumping vast amounts of money into an incredibly expensive and ambitious project that would have been a significant challenge for the USSR or the USA. And even with the benefit of 65 years of hindsight there are cheerleaders for the idea!
Never mind fixing the broken education system, upgrading the victorian infrastructure, retooling the worn-out factories, or any of the multitude of other things the UK desperately needed, the way to success is to try to match the military and industrial heft of superpowers with three times the population. Genius.
But somehow for the "two world wars and one world cup" brigade the inevitable disastrous failure is always to be blamed on some grand conspiracy by others rather than just piss-poor thinking in Westminster