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Sunday, April 10, 2005

MG Rover

Just at the start of the campaign MG Rover, a British car manufacturer, went into receivership. Undoubtedly not something the government wanted, and they have now announced an aid programme for the company and its suppliers. Personally I think it is possible for the government to gain ground out of this - the Tories do not particularly have a reputation for helping failing industrial concerns - but it is definitely something they could have done without. It will be interested to see if the local impact is different from the national impact as well. Otherwise this doesn't really concern me, and I don't really care. I don't particularly have much sympathy (yes, of course it is a shame that people might lose their jobs, but if there wasn't political advantage to be made out of it the politician's wouldn't lift a single finger).

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