Maybe I should rephrase what I said earlier. I don't think that there is a will to fund (with substantial financial backing) space related activities. There are pleanty of other areas of interest (NHS, funding wars, whose top of the premiership, etc) that are higher on the list of priorities for the general public in the UK. By "petty" I meant ours/everyones daily lives and the drudgery involved therein.
p.s. I don't work in "Daly Shity" (sorry for those who do) FYI