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Why bring up Europe? It will be largely irrelevant five years from now

Publié par Clifford Armion le 11/05/2013

Jeremy Warner

Back in the early 1980s Sir Terence Beckett – then director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and, in a former incarnation, one of the industrialists who had presided over catastrophic decline in the British motor industry – urged business leaders to “take the gloves off and have a bare-knuckle fight” with Margaret Thatcher over her handling of the economy.
There began a pattern. Virtually ever since, the CBI has managed to get it spectacularly wrong on almost all the major issues of the day.
It was wrong about the euro, it was wrong about whether Britain should participate in Europe’s folie de grandeur, and it was wrong to sign up to New Labour’s tax-and-spend policy agenda. That the opposition Tory leadership was equally acquiescent in this ill-fated expansion of the state is scarcely an excuse.
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"Why bring up Europe? It will be largely irrelevant five years from now ", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mai 2013. Consulté le 17/10/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/why-bring-up-europe-it-will-be-largely-irrelevant-five-years-from-now-