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More than a hundred business bosses have declared support for a Conservative-led government in a letter published in the Daily Telegraph.

Signatories including former Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne, BP chief executive Bob Dudley, Prudential boss Tidjane Thiam, Arcadia retail group head Sir Philip Green, and Nick Robertson, chief executive of ASOS lined up to show their desperation to stab working-class people in the back in their worship of profit.

They said they wanted a government that lowers corporation tax, so their firms don’t have to support public services and can pay more dividends to shareholders and executives.

It seems clear they also wish to deter voters from electing a Labour government that would outlaw exploitative zero-hours contracts that allow them to get away without providing holiday or sickness pay for employees.

Incredibly, they said the Coalition government, led by the Conservatives, had supported investment and job creation. It is hard to imagine where they think this has taken place. Government investment in infrastructure and support for businesses has plummeted under Tory control and, while the number of people in work has increased, 800,000 zero-hour workers is no credit to anybody.

The Torygraph says the letter has five signatories who have previously supported New Labour: the entrepreneur Mr Bannatyne, the hotelier Surinder Arora, chairman of Dixons Carphone and Talk Talk Sir Charles Dunstone , theatrical producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh and businessman Moni Varma. Clearly these rats will jump ship to whoever they think will do them the most good, and the Devil take the rest of us.

What fine examples of moral and entrepreneurial character!

They really demonstrate why Tory supporters have been nicknamed “Self-Servatives”. Clearly they exist only to increase their own wealth at the expense of the people who actually work to make it for them; they are prepared to peddle falsehoods in order to perpetuate this situation, and happy to use their positions as business leaders to influence the outcome of what is supposed to be a democratic election.

Last week, someone called Katie Hopkins, who this writer understands is some form of right-wing irritant, claimed that she would leave the country if Ed Miliband becomes Prime Minister – to a storm of applause across the social media. Many people suggested that she should not wait, but should leave immediately.

Perhaps Mr Bannatyne and his co-signatories should consider taking the same boat.

Here’s the full list, so you know which firms to boycott:

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