We always knew that Ed Miliband would have his work cut out convincing business leaders that the economy is safe in his hands. So the letter signed by 103 “business chiefs” and published in yesterday’s Telegraph didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know, though it did set the Labour leader a political challenge that the party has tried to meet with a letter of its own, signed by businesspeople, writers and low-paid workers. Much more interesting is the suggestion, made by John Gapper in an essay in the Financial Times earlier this week, that “suspicion” about Labour’s attitude towards the private sector is not “confined to outsiders.”
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