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Howard Davies, the former director-general of the CBI, recently delivered a series of broadcasts on the state of British business. This is an edited version of his final talk, on links between government and industry

By Howard Davies   November 1995


October 6th 1995

In my first week at the Confederation of British industry (CBI), in June 1992, I received a personal letter from the then chancellor of the exchequer, Norman Lamont, still in all his ERM glory. How nice, I thought. I have finally arrived. At last I am a fully paid up member of the great and the good.

But when I read the letter I was not so sure. Because the message was that Mr Lamont did not want to see me-ever. Well, not quite. The point he made was that the government proposed-which means they…

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