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The arrogant Dr Fox

3000Just a few weeks ago, the trade secretary Liam Fox came out with these words of wisdom and encouragement for British Business

“This country is not the free-trading nation it once was. We have become too lazy, and too fat on our successes in previous generations,” he said.
He added: “Companies who could be contributing to our national prosperity – but choose not to because it might be too difficult or too time-consuming or because they can’t play golf on a Friday afternoon – we’ve got to be saying to them if you want to share in the prosperity of our country you have a duty to contribute to the prosperity of our country.”

Nice

But rather than backtrack a little or attempt to build bridges he has come out with the following

“When I was a doctor,” he explained, “my job was not to tell people what they wanted to hear. It was to tell them what they needed to hear so we could in order to put things right. If it applies to medicine, why do the same ethics not apply to politics? A question I have always wondered.”

That all may well be very true but he is somewhat overstating his current importance. Nor perhaps surprising given what many appear to beliueve about Liam Fox

We shall put aside the fact that he has not spent one single day of his working life in actual commerce to one side for now. That is generous of course but what he doesnt appear to understand is that when he met patients as a GP, they almost invariably did not have the expertise to challenge his view

I believe that most business leaders would confirm that that is not the current situation at all.

 

 

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