We’ve had the 100 business leaders signing a letter praising the work the Conservatives and the coalition government have done in repairing the battered economy and warning of the dangers to that recovery posed by a potential Labour government.We’ve had entrepreneurs such as Duncan Bannatyne praising Ed Miliband’s proposal to scrap non-dom tax status in the UK tweeting that it had got “my vote”.
Ed Milliband says he will abolish non-dom status in UK. This gets my vote I never thought any party would have courage to do this. — Duncan Bannatyne (@DuncanBannatyne) April 7, 2015Now Tesco chairman John Allan has slammed the Conservatives’ idea for an in/out EU referendum in the early years of a new parliament. This, he warned, runs the risk of large businesses moving their headquarters out of the UK. We know that certain business leaders are synonymous with various political parties – we only need to look at the donor lists to see who supports who. Their views can only be their own of course – Tesco’s John Allan can’t possibly be speaking for his thousands of employees who you would imagine have a variety of views on the EU and a myriad of other issues. But as the chairman of one of the nation’s biggest firms he believes, and no doubt hopes, that his words convey a huge amount of power which could potentially sway the thoughts of potential voters throughout the UK. The intervention of business leaders into the political fray is a positive development. In the last televised election debate UKIP leader Nigel Farage, a city veteran, tried to take a political advantage by decrying the other four party leaders (Miliband, Leanne Wood, Natalie Bennett and Nicola Sturgeon) as having never lived in the real world, having never had a proper job. Read more of our general election coverage:
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