Why wealth is not a dirty election word

Jonathan Riley, Managing partner of Grant Thornton. Picture: Simon Hulme
Jonathan Riley, Managing partner of Grant Thornton. Picture: Simon Hulme
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THE INTERESTS of Yorkshire businesses will be marginalised by the 2015 general election unless they put self-interest to one side, according to a top executive.

Writing exclusively in The Yorkshire Post, Jonathan Riley – national head of tax with accountants Grant Thornton – says it is imperative that the county’s business community presents an united front on the policies that medium-sized firms require if they are to prosper after polling day.

Mr Riley is concerned that leaders will be afraid to talk about wealth-creation because of the politics of envy. “The use of the word “wealth” can attract jealousy. It shouldn’t. As an economy, we need wealth, and the creators of it, to prosper,” he adds.