Let’s Get Political
Karren Brady, star of The Apprentice and vice-chairman of West Ham United Football Club, has said that she would like to enter politics but that being fast tracked doesn’t appeal to her. Stating that too many politicians “theorise about business”, a sentiment I must agree with.
Brady has been muted as a future Conservative candidate or even leader which puts her at odds with Lord Sugar, her boss on the apprentice who reputedly supports Labour.
Make no doubt about it, Karren Brady is a serious operator and I certainly wouldn’t bet against her achieving what appears to be her latest ambition and even reaching the very pinnacle of the profession she is considering.
Many people will be unaware that a conference recently took place which brings many politicians and business people together. The Bilderberg Group consists of powerful leaders such as the chairman of AXA, Henri de Castries, Peter Thiel ”a billionaire venture capitalist” and Peter Sutherland, the chairman of Goldman Sachs.
George Osborne, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, has reportedly attended for the last six years and if reports are true takes a place with some of the most dominant people in Western Capitalism.
These are the leaders of the biggest banks, the biggest multinational companies and institutions like the World Bank and The World Trade Organisation which I mentioned in my recent book review that will be published online, they were apparently joined by several EU Commissioners and several politicians from the UK, US, Canada and the EU.
I understand they meet in order to concert their plans about the future of capitalism over the immediate future rather than way into the distance. In my opinion they represent a sort of steering committee for global business and politics.
Many people, particularly those on the left of the political divide object primarily because meetings are held in secret and under tight security and they appear to be excluded.
Others consider that this group protects the fabric of our society and as it is private has the right to remain that way.
This brings me back to my main focus which is why successful business people decide to enter politics. It certainly isn’t for the money because, in my opinion, it is very poorly paid by comparison. Quite frankly £142,500 pa to be Prime Minister is ridiculously low when compared with the CEO of The Office of Fair Trading who earns nearly double that.
So why bother if not to try and improve the Country and the welfare of all who live there? I have met many politicians and find most from all political parties to be quite well balanced and caring, not the pariahs of society they are often accused of being. Of course there are fanatics but these exist in every area of life and unless they become violent can be mildly amusing.
I recently had coffee with Lord Feldman co chairman of the Conservative party and then followed that later in the day by having dinner with Lord Noon who is a Labour peer, at the London Loves Excellence Gala Dinner in London. Both were highly intelligent, excellent company and clearly had the whole Country’s interest at heart despite being from opposing political parties.
The thing I find interesting is that it is Lord Noon who is clearly the businessman while Lord Feldman is a barrister and yet the public see the Conservatives as the party of business rather than labour.
Politics brings out both the best and the worst in people but as long as our society remains democratic we should not need to fear the people that represent us.