One of the most formidable and well respected members of British Parliament, Gwyneth Dunwoody has attacked plans by the European Commission to fund Galileo, the European version of GPS.
Even if funding is found to launch the system the question as to what the eventual business model looks like is still unanswered, unlike GPS there is not Dept of Defence to write the cheques if all else fails, and the day to day running of the system will need to be funded.
From my time in Government, I remember nobody wanted to end up in front of Mrs Dunwoody, you can understand why !!
Written and Submitted from the Google Office, London.