In Fixing Britain, Digby Jones, 'the face of British business', puts the spotlight on critical national and international issues and lays out the essential reform urgently needed for growth of our nation.
Knowledgeable, authoritative and independent, Digby highlights how untenable the status quo is in the UK, and sets out how Britain can get back - and stay in - the globalised game. Sending a clear message to government, business leaders, strategists, and the media, Fixing Britain explores the effective linkage of change at all levels, from Westminster to education, the public and private sectors, our social cohesion and our sense of common purpose.
Never afraid to say what others are thinking, Digby Jones presents some startling truths and some plain common-sense answers.
Digby Jones hits every nail right on the head! Every politician should read this. Superb.
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Provided a lot of insight into the issues we're facing as a country with plenty of great ideas as to how we solve them. Highlights many of the things the EU has been getting wrong and gives me some confidence we can prosper as a nation outside the EU. We just need more Digby Jones' to execute the plan!
I nearly gave up half way through the first chapter!
It is like being stuck in a lift with a Daily Mail reader, complaining about how our education system is turning out kids who can't read or write, let alone be prepared to get down and dirty and do a job that requires hard honest graft.
However, it does improve as Lord Jones begins to explain his views - and in many respects, about many things he is not wrong. His beef is with our seeming self hatred, complacency and cynicism that sabotages British innovation and competitiveness in business. Governments of all parties have repeatedly not prioritised our economic interests, for instance in uniquely decoupling overseas aid from provision of services and products by British companies.
Likewise our supine attitude towards the "special relationship" with the US, exemplified by one sided extradition laws which mean any UK citizen can be extradited to the US without any prior hearing here. Not so for US citizens. Our economic relations are equally one sided it seems - compare the huge compensation paid by BP, compared to that paid by the US when the Exon Valdese went down off the UK coast.
EEC bureaucrats too come in for a pasting, for legislating that all EC patents must be translated into all EC languages, because the French objected to English only translation - which hugely pushes up the cost of registering a patent, and thus stifles innovation.
Jones probably is correct too when he says that in education "business" is a dirty word. All in all it's a sorry picture as we face the increasing economic competition from the East.
To be fair to him, Digby Jones' views are well informed, cross party lines and have the ring of truth, but I still have not managed to finish the book. It's just too depressing.
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