Re: Political self-obsession and onanism
BT were awful before they were privatised. Yes they did some clever technology, but they were hideously expensive and hard to deal with. You could wait 3 months to get a new landline connected and in the early 80s even local calls cost something like 40p a minute! National rate was about 60p. I think an answerphone was something insane like £1,000 - and you had to buy BT's one as you weren't allowed to connect your own to their network. Not that it stopped everybody.
The Post Office have been well-run, and mostly profitable for ages - and probably didn't need to be. So it's not like it's impossible to run a nationalised company well. But there's a reason BT got the chop, and relatively early in Thatcher's tenure too.