Prestige failure – another badly informed business expert looks stupid

The ‘Next’ up on the conveyor belt of ‘business experts’ to offer their prestigious insight in the pages of the media claque is Baron Wolfson of Aspley Guise.

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The former Simon Wolfson, this man is Chief Executive of Next, a Conservative Life Peer since 2010 and was a financial backer to David Cameron’s leadership campaign in 2005 – exactly the sort of man the Telegraph would run to for comment.

But despite an expensive education and even more expensive remuneration package, Wolfson demonstrates a frightening lack of knowledge about a subject that has enormous impact on the business he runs. He joins a long line of establishment and business figures who unwittingly or deliberately conflate EU membership with being part of the single market, despite them being separate as shown by .  But his comment goes unchallenged as the media refuses to do anything that will remind viewers and readers of the reality of the European project, because the media supports the project.

Anyone who has taken even a rudimentary look at the history of the European movement will know Britain joined the EEC, and remained an enthusiastic member its all its subsequent guises, knowing the destination was political union.  While voters were lied to and spun a tale of only joining a common market, reams of evidence in the years that have followed have been presented to show the political class and civil service knew, approved of and actively pursued full British integration into political union.  Britain exactly signed up to the inexorable march to a federal Europe.

For Wolfson to state otherwise proves one of two things:

  1. He is a badly informed and poorly read individual whose lack of knowledge should require him to stay quiet, or
  2. He knows the reality and is just another Tory Wet stooge knowingly repeating a lie for partisan political ends

Either way, his intervention in the debate adds no value and leaves him looking stupid.

But there is a wider issue here.  The media is being flooded with these inaccurate and misleading editorials and op-eds, part of an effort to rewrite history and make ordinary people accept the distorted record as fact.  While comment threads online are loaded with rebuttal and corrections, that is not a feature of the dead-tree press bought from news stands.  An evidence-based campaign will be needed soon to correct the record in local and national media so people can see how the establishment has lied to them, again.

4 Responses to “Prestige failure – another badly informed business expert looks stupid”

  1. 1 Robin Macfarlane 20/01/2013 at 1:08 pm

    Again your right.I remember when they tried to refute the Terrible deaths that happened during ww2 by telling lies.BSCParty are trying to show how they have lied about Economic status.Soon Cameron will be trying to lie his way out of Murdering sick, disabled &elderly people. We look forward to EUROPE but not as a dictatorship. It seems Britain will have to lead the way and fight again to restore Democracy

  2. 2 Eric Edmond 20/01/2013 at 5:57 pm

    Yes there is a huge amount of mis-information on our leaving the EU being pushed out relentlessly by the BBC led media.

    I did not know that Wolfson had contribuited to the Tories. If I were him I would have hedged my position and contibuted to Labour as well.

    He has his peerage so there is not much more in Cameron’s guft he can offer young Simon to stay onside. He has a new, gorgeous and intelligent wife to keep him busy whom I believe is Shawcross’s grandaughter. For these reasons I think he may be more independent than you think. Who now has what he wants?

    The Civil Sevice knew in 1957 when super Mac thought about signing the Treaty of Rome but was put off by de Gaulle and his Lord Chancellor Maxwell Fyfe who correctly forecast that it would reduce parliament to a p[arish council eventually. Maxwell Fyfe like Shawcross was one of the prosecution team at the Nuremberg trials

  3. 3 Old Codger 20/01/2013 at 9:34 pm

    I read it that he wants what I want, out of the EU but remain in the single market. Get out, join EFTA and be like Norway. Simple but that is the essence.

  4. 4 Jeremy Poynton 21/01/2013 at 7:57 pm

    Lord Wolfson appears, from his mugshot, to be 15. Is this so?

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