Weekly News Review | 18 July 2016 | Automotive Purchasing and Supply Chain Automotive Purchasing and Supply Chain

Talking Point

Apparently, the best man for the job is… a woman

How things have changed in the corridors of power. Not long ago, men dominated the political landscape and the glass ceiling was very much in evidence. Today, that ceiling has been smashed, probably irrevocably. The new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is a woman and, everywhere you look, women are in positions of power. The First Minister of Scotland and the leaders of the other two major political parties, Conservative and Labour, are all women. The First Minister of Northern Ireland is a woman as is the leader of Plaid Cymru the Welsh nationalist party. On a wider canvas, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund is Christine Lagarde and Hillary Clinton stands a better than even chance of becoming President of the United States after November’s election. Then, of course, we have Angela Merkel, arguably the most powerful politician in Europe. Fair enough, I say. Looking at the current state of the world, the men have had their chance. Let’s see what the distaff side can do.

The situation at the Port of Calais is worsening. Only last week migrants there resorted to throwing Molotov cocktails in attempts to slow and stop UK-bound trucks and thereby gain access to them. This is a new and worrying development. What are we proposing to do to protect drivers from migrant aggression on an almost daily basis? We’re proposing to build a wall at the port, four metres high and a kilometre in length, which will cost a reported £1.9 million. How ludicrous is this? Have our authorities been listening to Donald Trump too much? Have they never heard of King Canute’s feeble attempts to hold back the incoming tide? In the event of the Brexit being confirmed, which it will be, the responsibility for migrants attempting to enter the UK illegally may pass from the French side of the Channel to the shores of England. If this wall is an indication of the sort of thinking of which our authorities are capable then God help us.

Writing this opinion on the morning after the terrible atrocity on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, my thoughts and those of my colleagues are with the people of France in their agony. Rarely have the words of La Marseillaise seemed so filled with foreboding.

Contre nous de la tyrannie, l'étendard sanglant est levé.

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