For the first time since before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Labour Party policies and trade unions are threatening Britain’s future as a pro-business, free-market economy, Chancellor George Osborne told business leaders on Friday.
Seven months ahead of the UK’s general election, Osborne said Britain is facing a stark choice between a Conservative government that supports businesses, or a Labour government that would pose a threat to the wealth-friendly environment build by the Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition.
Osborne criticized trade unions and charities in his speech. “You have to get out there and put the business argument,” he told the audience at London’s Royal Albert Hall. “Because there are plenty of pressure groups, plenty of trade unions and plenty of charities and the like that will put the counter view.”