This date is always overshadowed by the bigger disaster and loss of life that occurred later that night in the shape of the Marchioness disaster.
Although it was a shocking raid listening to the drama on air. I do feel this had an inevitability about the it. The fight for commercial radio had been won and the world was moving on. AM national licenses were on the horizon and a better run organisation would have realised that the up and coming Broadcasting Act of 1990 was being discussed. Partly due to 1989 European Council Directive that led to the Broadcasting Without Frontiers directive. As much as the authorities turned a blind eye to Caroline, Europe was moving in that direction and their would be no need in the following years for an unregulated pirate station outside the system.
It was a case of management burying their head in the sand. It is easier to come to that conclusion from hindsight, many normal companies who do not plan ahead end up going bankrupt or collapsing and end up being taken over. Therefore something as clandestine with a leadership that was used to ducking and diving will eventually come to an end if they had no future plan as they headed in to the 90's
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