He was wittering on about Rover and made that wonderful statement (I may paraphrase slightly, but the sense remainst the same) that
'if there had been a Liberal Democrat government, Rover wouldn't have collapsed about a month before it needed to'So there you have it, John Hemming would have kept Rover going for a whole extra month. As the Liberal Democrats wouldn't have put any extra money into the company, it is difficult to see how this could have been sustained.
I think that the government have probably acted in the long-term interests of the employees. Yes, additional help could have been offered to keep the factory open another month and to get past the election, but this would have been a cynical ploy - wouldn't it John? The company had failed and the most useful course now is to ensure that help is there for the former employees, make use of the Pension Protection Fund to provide for their future and to identify anybody who might be prepared to continue manufacturing on the site. I still maintain that we will have manufacturing at Longbridge, but it will be a smaller, sports car maker - along the TVR/Morgan/Lotus model.
No wonder he's being kept out of the group that's trying to sort the problems out. Given his track record with Phoenix, he isn't part of the solution, he's part of the problem.