As we reach the end of the election campaign and are about to discover what the make-up of our new Parliament will be, we may gain some very effective new MPs and no doubt some deeply concering ones but we will definitely lose the contributions of a number of MPs who have worked for our nation in different ways. Whilst I am not a supporter of the Conservative Party, they inevitably have had some MPs whose work has benefited us. One of these is Margot James who worked hard to try to improve the speed with which small and micro businesses get paid for the work they have done. There is still a great deal more that is needed in this area, the company I am part of is waiting for a payment that provides the balance of a contract we completed just over a year ago and because the main contractor is forced to have a 5% retention over the 12 months, we were also forced to have this. Yet nothing in that time has changed that would not have changed had we been paid, but it makes the appeal of such contracts low and indeed means we are inclined to charge more to compensate so in the end the client loses more than they hope to gain.
A few weeks ago Margot James wrote a piece in the Financial Times and stated “However the Brexit drama ends, the damage we have done to ourselves, on so many levels, will take years to undo. But we can at least get on with those things we should have done years ago. Many of them formed pillars of our industrial strategy. Action on skills, access to talent, greening our economy, enabling technology transfer, making it easier for growing businesses to access capital and better transport connections will be the basis for the dramatic improvements to productivity this country so desperately needs to see.” Let us hope that her successors in Government irrespective of whichever party gets elected and my own wish is for a cross party Government that will sacrifice some of the worst elements in each of the two main parties will attend to such matters along with a number of other social and educational needs that our nation has.