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Boris Johnson and the Conservatives are in danger of losing British business

Boris Johnson addresses the nation: REUTERS
Boris Johnson addresses the nation: REUTERS

Has Boris lost business? Perhaps not yet, but that is his direction of travel.

The business community is typically, naturally, supportive of Conservative governments since it assumes the same goals, such as freedom to make a profit, get rich, pay less tax.

What it craves most of all is some sort of certainty.

At its best British business is innovative, nimble and in fierce competition.

We saw that best in the early and ongoing responses to Covid-19. Business leaders from the guy who runs the pub at the end of my street to the chief executive of Next saw a crisis emerging, but also a chance to show what they are made of.

They flipped all sorts of old certainties into the bin and cracked on.

The publican sold his excellent food online and offered takeaway beer.

Simon Wolfson, the Next boss, noted in

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  • September 23, 2020
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Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats forced to hold e-conferences due to coronavirus pandemic

It’s party conference time – but not as we know and love it (and often hated it, too).

Gone are the three weeks of plotting and posturing in big halls, whispered briefings over tepid food, grazing on sausage rolls at fringes and rounding each day with liver-destroying receptions.

This year, thanks to coronavirus, it’s all online. Welcome to the e-conferences, an event that everyone can attend but, frankly, may prove tame since the best action usually takes place not on stage but in bars, corridors and nearby kebab houses.

For the control freaks at No 10 or Victoria Street it is a dream come true – a chance for ultimate message discipline without MPs or members. No chance of it being derailed by an unauthorised 3am reshuffle briefing in the Radisson Hotel bar.

They’re doing their best to recreate some of the fun.

Labour is staging a quiz night on

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  • September 18, 2020