Old Socialist on Corbyn’s ‘nightmarish government’

Headline : Corbyn government is ‘nightmarish’ prospect says business chief

Sub-headline : Outgoing head of EEF manufacturers’ lobby breaks silence to attack Labour

A Labour government under Jeremy Corbyn would be a “nightmarish” prospect for the business world, the outgoing head of the Engineering Employers’ Federation has warned.

Terry Scuoler spent seven years at the helm of the group, which represents Britain’s biggest manufacturers and is politically neutral.

The regular reader of The Financial Times will note the shifts, and or progression in their Anti-Corbyn  propaganda: from The Rebellion Against the Elites to The Populist Menace to using Terry Scuoler’s ‘nightmarish’ specter of the political victory of Corbyn. Framed by the fiction of the ‘politically neutral’ stance Engineering Employers’ Federation. Mr. Scuoler feels duty bound, at the end of his tenure, to finally  engage in a tardy, if very welcome to the Financial Times , declaration of what was/is unsurprising! That Mr.  Scuoler’s opinion of Corbyn is consonant with the Financial Times’ Anti-Corbynism, in its many permutations,  is this ‘news item’s’ raison d’etre. Note the shared rhetorical strategy of hysteria mongering!

Old Socialist



@Britannia rules the waves
Thank you for posting this  link to Sir Nicholas Henderson’s 1979 ‘dispatch’ that offers some very valuable historical insights. Here are a few telling paragraphs, yet I’ve only reached the half-way point. I have printed the whole of this essay, so as to take my time and  give my full attention to it arguments . Yet its politics seem to lean to the ascendant Thatcherism, and its shibboleth of decline, as not just an economic but a moral/civic  phenomenon. 

‘Others will argue that the British way of life, with ingenuity and application devoted to leisure rather than to work, is superior to that elsewhere and is in any case what people want. I do not doubt this; nor do I question the agreeableness or quality of life in Britain or the tolerance of the British people. There is depth in our society that others have not achieved.’

‘I cannot say that I have much sympathy for those who seek to justify our present state of affairs by a pastoral apologia. They remind me of the French and German nobility of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries who were against progress which was synonymous with industrialisation.’

‘You only have to move about western Europe nowadays to realise how poor and unproud the British have become in relation to their neighbours. It shows in the look of our towns, in our airports, in our hospitals and in local amenities; it is painfully apparent in much of our railway system, which until a generation ago was superior to the continental one. In France, for instance, it is evident in spending on household equipment and in the growth of second homes. But lest these be thought subjective judgments let me give two figures that illustrate what has happened over the past 20 years or so.’

‘(j) The paradox of the British labour scene at the present time is that, despite the contribution our unions have made towards a better safety record in our factories, their influence and ready resort to strike pressure have not secured better general employment conditions than in France and Germany: not only are real wages lower but hours of work are longer.’


Best regards,




About stephenkmacksd

Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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