Radio: Pirating the Pirates

"No one is going to cock a snook at British law. The pirates are going to be dealt with."

So, with all the haughty aplomb of a modern-day Captain Bligh, decreed Britain's Postmaster General Edward Short. The pirates in this case were the dozen or so illegal radio stations that for the past three years have been beaming pop music into the British Isles from makeshift studios on rusty ferries, minesweepers, freighters and abandoned World War II antiaircraft towers just outside the three-mile limit. True to his word, Short last month helped push a piece of legislation through Parliament which, by...

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