08 MAR 2011
By Alex Brummer | Daily Mail
Anyone listening to David Cameron’s promise at the weekend to produce the most ‘pro-growth budget’ this month that the country has ever seen could be forgiven for thinking the Prime Minister is being optimistic to say the least.
Haven’t successive governments talked about free enterprise and supporting businesses — of all shapes and sizes — until they are blue in the face, yet failed to do anything of note to help them flourish.
Phrases like ‘ending the red tape’ of legislation which has tied business in knots, and a ‘bonfire of the quangos’ trip off the tongues of our politicians so very easily, and are a standard part of almost every speech made on business by prime ministers, business secretaries or chancellors.
But the reality is that the governments of the past 20 years have piled vast quantities of regulation on every business in the land, aided and abetted by the Brussels bureaucracy.
The only people to benefit from these encroachments on free enterprise are the vast, fast-expanding and politically correct human resources departments kept busy by an avalanche of often spurious claims from employees.
So what’s to be done? Here, I propose my own ten-point Manifesto For Business, which I believe should form the centrepiece of this month’s Budget:
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