Liam Fox… Liam Fox…
Liam Fox called business leaders ‘Fat and lazy’, and stated that they ‘should do more work instead of playing golf on a Friday afternoon’. Some would think it fair enough that he’s made these remarks, he’s entitled to his own opinion, right? And usually I would agree with his right to make the comments even if I disagree with the sentiment. But do I agree in this instance? No, I flipping well don’t, because he’s the British Trade Secretary.
You know… the person whose job it is to WAVE THE FLAG FOR BRITISH BUSINESSES AT THE REST OF THE WORLD! And this coming from a man that if my research is correct, may never have worked in the private sector. He doesn’t know what it’s like to take a leap and start up a business, he had (and still does have) the safety of a wage paid by the tax payer. He’s never had to worry that the business that’s responsible for the livelihood of others might fail, so how dare he be so blasé.
If you drill down, private business brings in the majority, if not all – of the money that the government
wastes spends and he would do well to remember that.
And If the firms he’s talking of are private firms, what the hell is it to do with him whether they ARE fat and lazy, or play golf on a Friday afternoon? I’ll tell you what it has to do with him, absolutely nothing. They can do what they want with their money/business as long as it’s legal. But to put LF’s mind at rest, I am almost certain that if any business leaders of private firms aren’t performing, they won’t be there for long, because unlike the public sector, the proper* private sector doesn’t usually reward failure.
Of course the line gets smudged when private business is too big to fail and gets bailed out by us, the taxpayer; an example being the Royal Bank of Scotland. And also the ‘private’ firms that aren’t really private like the postal and rail service. With these ‘businesses’ the line gets smudged between success and failure, meaning they rake it in during the good times, then come asking for public money when the bad times hit, or when they ‘need to improve infrastructure’. It’s a win-win really.
So I would be happy if LF insists that the bosses at RBS constantly have their noses to the grindstone 24/7, because I paid for them to survive. And whilst he’s at it he should turn his head away from the private sector and take a look at NHS bosses, and even consultants, all of whom are paid for, and very generously by the public due to the payment scale bought in by Blair of ‘pay the public sector bosses private sector wages to draw them in’. It used to be that you would take the pay cut to get the good pension when working in the public sector, but now they have both, and I know for a fact that some get the time to play golf on a Friday afternoon.
LF also needs to do an about turn and look closer to home, the MPs…
After all, a simple look in the mirror would reveal an MP that allegedly incorrectly claimed £22k in expenses!
Before I became self employed I was employed, and I couldn’t claim expenses for anything, my lunch wasn’t subsidised, or my dinner, or my wine and champagne had I wanted it. So LF, I would urge you to be a little more humble and a little less arrogant when referring to the people that PAY YOUR WAGES!!!
Now, I’m not coming at this as a big business leader, far from it. We have a small business you see, and it is north of the Watford gap. So we get no recognition from this London-centric, Big business-centric government. Yup. I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that our teeny business and the other MILLIONS of small business owners that pay their tax and prop up the country, often earning less than their employees, and never having days off, are the forgotten. But even we forgotten millions see how wrong it was for LF to make these comments, because he’s supposed to be on their side.
*Not big banking – that’s an anomaly