Tell Me Why: Business, and the Need to Wake Up to Political Engagement

Even now, 20 years later, it still gives me pleasure to say I was right and he was wrong.‎ But his attitude lives on in large parts of the business world, where all too often Westminster, Holyrood and Brussels are treated as sideshows which can be dealt with by mid-level government affairs staff – or handed over to the Chairman who may or may not be a big party donor and may or may not know someone who they claim can help (Hint: they rarely can, by the way). Only very occasionally, when something really bad happens like a regulatory threat to the whole business, or a failure to win a very large contract, or, I don’t know, Britain deciding to leave the European Union, do the majority of Chief Execs and senior management start to pay serious attention.