The Beecroft report is toxic, Tory toxic

The problem with the Beecroft report won’t be the recommendations. Even if what is proposed is the perfect solution the way the report has been done sullies its outcome.

I have emphasised the words that stand most in the Sunday Telegraph’s front-page story on Beecroft.

“He will throw his weight behind a far-reaching report which calls for a bonfire of regulations that EMPLOYERS say are stifling job creation.

The report by Adrian Beecroft, A VENTURE CAPITALIST, will be published in full this week after months of delay.

The Sunday Telegraph has learnt that it will call for firms to be given much greater flexibility TO MAKE REDUNDANCIES; for the lifting of restrictions on the equality laws that industry says are stifling job creation, and for a CAP ON EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL PAYOUTS….


The reason I have emphasised these words is because the Conservatives biggest problem is that most voters still believe we are the Party of the rich.

A French friend recently told me that he voted for Hollande not because he wanted to avoid reality, but because he knew tough decisions had to be made. His logic was that Hollande cares about the ordinary majority, thus tough decisions will be made by someone who understands and thinks of people like him. Only 21% of people believe Cameron understands the problems faced by ‘ordinary people’. In a recent post-Budget YouGov poll only 22% of voters agreed that: “Even if I don’t always agree with the (Conservatives), at least  (their) heart is in the right place”

The Conservative manifesto was branded as an invitation to everyone to join the Government. Cameron & Co co-oped slogans such as “Power to the People” to communicate that they would be a different type of Government.  Much good work has been done around releasing data and promoting devolution, but something fundamental is missing. Government – power – still has a risk averse mentality when it comes to openness.

Real power has not been subject to proper transparency (for example the inexcusable delay in publishing ministerial meetings) and important decisions are made by either the Quad or a small clique of friends. Part of the modernisation process was to make Government fit for the 21stCentury, the open century. This goal is not about harnessing technology, it’s about getting the right mentality.

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