Monday June 1, 2020

Between Brexit and Corbyn, British business is staring into the abyss

Voters face a stark choice in the forthcoming election between the reactionary Brexit of the Tories or the socialism of Labour. And business leaders seem powerless in the face of an impending disaster

24th November, 2019
London Bridge: Britain’s once powerful businesses seem unable to rally against the onslaughts coming from left or right (Pic: Bloomberg)

Any day now – perhaps before Christmas, or early in the new year – the British economy could be on course for its most transformative moment since the heyday of Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. This is likely to happen regardless of whether the Conservatives or Labour win the British general election on December 12.

The Thatcher moment – a blizzard of privatisation, trade union reform and the scrapping of restrictive practices in the City of...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

Irish and British universities have discovered the fragility of their reliance on the huge fees paid by a seemingly limitless pool of international students, and will also have to ask themselves whether they are educational institutions focused on the public good, or primarily businesses focused on revenue raising

Deirdre Heenan | 1 day ago

The government instantly slapped down Michael O‘Leary for questioning the requirement of air travellers to self-quarantine for two weeks. But the lack of debate about the trade-off between Covid-19 risks and long-term damage to the economy is frustrating many businesses

Ian Guider | 1 day ago

It’s understandable that Michael O’Leary and other business leaders are lobbying for restrictions to be lifted immediately, but they cannot be allowed to undermine Nphet or determine policy

Elaine Byrne | 1 day ago