"Today, government spokesman Uma Head made a startling
announcement--that there were too many foreign operating systems in
Britain today, and something needed to be done. She declared, 'Over
the past decade or so, we have seen an unprecedented rise in the
choice of operating system, at the cost of our own native operating
"Naturally, her comments have drawn both fire and applause. One
advocate of the scheme, Lou Smorals, agreed with Uma Head, stating,
'The effect of other operating systems on the software industry in
the UK has been devastating. Annually, the cost of damage runs into
the millions of pounds, and it's about time something was done.
These foreign pieces of software erode our own sales, leaving
developers vulnerable to unemployment. It could take hundreds of
years for the software trade to regenerate...'"