Has the ‘party of business’ lost its way?

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TeaConservatives still prefer to style themselves as the “party of business”. Business may not agree, and there is certainly no shortage of businessmen – including agriculture – expressing concern about what the prime minister calls “stress and tension” in the economy. Labor shortages, disrupted global and national supply chains, and other disruptions caused by Brexit and COVID have resulted in shortages of everything from semiconductors to turkeys. Gas prices are through the roof; Petrol supplies have run out, and thousands of pigs are about to be put down. Farmers are offering 30 pounds an hour to pick up broccoli (and possibly as much as you can eat), the military is driving petrol tankers. The feeling of growing anarchy is evident.

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Cue the blame game. Traders say that the government has no plan. The government says the business has no plan. Both say the other side of the argument should have seen Brexit coming. Neither side may have a plan, which might explain a lot.


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