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Ken Clarke: the British are not very good at being enterprising

30 October 2018

1:00 PM

30 October 2018

1:00 PM

Last night was the Spectator’s ‘Deal or No Deal’ event, where six panellists convened to discuss all things Brexit, and say whether they thought Britain would ‘crash out’ of the EU or thrive on WTO terms.

Nobly representing the Remain side was parliamentary titan, and Father of the House, Ken Clarke. And while Ken was somewhat outnumbered by Brexiteers on the panel, he made a valiant effort to fend off their attacks and put forward the Remainer case.

That said, Mr S noticed that one of his comments certainly did not go down well with the crowd on the night.

Speaking about the state of the British economy, Ken declared to gasps from the audience:

‘I’m not saying that everything depends on trade, obviously the basics of your economic performance, is you’ve got to be innovative, you’ve got to be up with the modern economy, you’ve got to know your markets, you’ve got to be enterprising, and the British are not very good at that.’

Considering Britain is the second largest economy in the EU, the centre of worldwide financial innovation, and a world leader in several business and technological sectors, Mr S might be inclined to disagree.

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