Wouldn’t it be nice if politicians learnt to apply their minds?

17 November 2019 - 00:00

The phrase “business and politics don’t mix” used to be heard quite a lot in the olden days. Mostly it was uttered by businesspeople — not so much by politicians.

These days it is said by hardly anyone. It is now thoroughly unremarkable to witness businesspeople openly meddling in politics, and it is seen as a mark of distinction when a newly appointed politician comes with a “strong business background” — CV-speak for “a lot of money”...

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