An exciting time to return to England – two greedy capitalists in huge trouble (Mike Ashley of Sports Direct, for exploiting his workers shamelessly and illegally; Sir Philip Green of BHS for probably robbing his failing firm’s pension fund to buy more yachts [see below, https://bernardjporter.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/bhs-and-a-victorian-villain/]: both under scrutiny from Commons Committees – such fun to see them squirm on TV); new depths plumbed in the great EU referendum debate, especially by Nigel Farage, who is now playing the racist-feminist card: Brexit in order to stop foreign rapists coming in; and an unholy cock-up by the govt preventing – it seemed for a while – many young people from registering to vote in said referendum.
But I’ll be tied up for a few days, on a local ‘Elgar Society’ tour of Worcestershire, so probably won’t be able to comment for a wee while. This whole referendum thing, which isn’t just about Europe, could have a profound effect both on Europe and on British politics; and the business scandals an effect on the future of capitalism, if we’re (very) lucky. This may be what we historians don’t like to call a (or an) ‘historic moment’. I’m sure I’ll find something to write about it all – or, if not, then about Elgar – next week.
PS: and yet another capitalist gets his come-uppance. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jun/09/boots-uk-boss-simon-roberts-quits.