Acorn, like Apple, also had the 'wrong CEO' thing going. Bondar was at least an Acorn man but seemed a bit of a maverick (smashing up PCs?), Boland meanwhile was a work-experience kid from the beancounting school left in charge of the company.
Boland not selling the Workstations division to Steven Streater was another killer blow as if was the last was a last chance for Acorn machine to remain visible in the UK IT big league. Streater could've been the Acorn Steve Jobs. He even had the same idea - solve the 'underdeveloped OS' problem with Unix.