James Dyson – what a patriot he is!
The inventor of the famous Dyson vacuum cleaner was one of the most prominent UK business leaders to support Brexit in the run-up to the EU referendum in 2016.
After the result became known, he said leaving the Single Market would liberate the UK economy and allow the country to make trade deals around the world.
How interesting, then, that he has decided not to be here when they do. Or should that be if they do?
Rather than stay in the UK and take advantage of all that opportunity he mentioned, Mr Dyson is moving his headquarters from Malmesbury to Singapore.
Angela Rayner articulated the feeling of many, I think, when she responded thus:
— 🌈 Angela Rayner 🌈 (@AngelaRayner) January 22, 2019
The message is clear: Mr Dyson doesn’t have faith in the UK’s ability to sustain his business, post-Brexit.
His words about “opportunity” and claims that foreign investment will “come to us” seem to have been just gusts of air, which is ironic for a maker of vacuum cleaners.
The announcement has attracted a wealth of criticism from those of us who don’t have Mr Dyson’s opportunities:
Does perfectly illustrate the utter folly of Brexit that one of its principal supporters has finally realised it will be terrible for business.
— dan barrett (@danbarrett6) January 22, 2019
A Twitter user identifying as “Doogs” wittily suggested Mr Dyson was “taking vac control”.
Another, identifying as “Shop Steward” put our suspicions into words: “The thing is he’s a multimillionaire so he could stay here and still make a profit In fact he could stay here, improve workers pay & conditions, and still make a profit …but greed won’t allow that. No, profit must be maximised at all costs because enough is never enough.”
And the blogger Paul Bernal asked the question that formed the basis for this article’s headline:
I’m not sure how many Brexiters moving their money or businesses out of the UK it takes before the voters realise they were being conned.
— Paul Bernal (@PaulbernalUK) January 22, 2019
I’m not sure either but Gavin Esler identified one almost immediately after Dyson:
And another https://t.co/hkWykLVVvN
— Gavin Esler (@gavinesler) January 22, 2019
It provoked this response:
There are – and will be – loads more who aren't making it public because they don't want to be attacked by the journalists of the Four Horses of the Apocalypse
— Shelly 🇪🇺🌼 (@NoMoreUnicorns1) January 22, 2019
I’m not sure who “the journalists of the Four Horses of the Apocalypse” may be, but they would be right to attack such people.
While P&O isn’t on record as having supported Brexit, its decision to abandon the UK is a clear signal to other businesses: Get out – if you can.
Dyson is on record, not just as a Brexiteer but as a Brextremist, and his decision reeks of the worst kind of hypocrisy.
He supported Brexit; he influenced other people to support it; and now he is abandoning us to the consequences while he scarpers, taking his business and any benefit it has for the economy with him.
Make no mistake: This man is toxic.
He has helped inflict economic ruin on the UK, both by encouraging us into Brexit and by taking his business out of the country before it happens.
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