When Mandelson latches onto the zeitgeist and promises to get government off our backs, as he did in a speech to the Federation of Small Businesses in Aberdeen, you know he actually means that government will be ever more intrusive, ever more dictatorial and ever more of a burden. But he spins a brave lie, does Mandy;
A government off your back, but on your side
Let’s be clear, Britain needs to build a new growth model for the future. In a globalised economy we need to think about being pro-business much more as a partnership between business and government. The skills and infrastructure and science and technology that you leverage into jobs and growth are a critical part of our comparative advantage. And they don’t come out of the air.
And I’m pleased to be able to announce today a big new extension of the BusinessLink and Business Gateway services and their equivalents in Wales and Northern Ireland.
The new system will for the first time make it possible to use one single website to find out everything you need to know to apply for an authorization or license for almost any services trade from architecture to hairdressing, and to make an application. More than 500 local authorities and bodies will be seamlessly linked into one system.
If anyone in the FSB actually believed that creating a one-stop direct link between them and Whitehall's central State command and control system will benefit anyone except Whitehall you would have heard the b'aaaaaahs by now.