Fox, a former GP and staunch Eurosceptic, suggested business executives would rather be playing golf on a Friday afternoon than negotiating export deals.
He made the remarks, first reported by the Times, at a Conservative Way Forward event for business leaders in parliament.
“If you want to share in the prosperity of our country, you have a duty to contribute to the prosperity of our country,” he said. “This country is not the free-trading nation that it once was. We have become too lazy, and too fat on our successes in previous generations. [Read more]
Business leaders and MPs attack Liam Fox over ‘fat and lazy’ accusations
Innocent Drinks founder Richard Reed says claims are ‘disgusting’ while Tory MP Nicholas Soames urges trade secretary to ‘shut up’
Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, has been strongly criticised by businesspeople and politicians for suggesting British executives would rather play golf than export their goods and services, in an extraordinary attack on the country’s “lazy” business culture.
Fox, a former GP and staunch Eurosceptic, told a reception for the Thatcherite group Conservative Way Forward that the UK had grown “too fat” on the successes of previous generations.
The MP for North Somerset’s comments were roundly condemned, with one entrepreneur calling them “disgusting”, while a fellow Tory MP urged Fox to “shut up”. [Read more]