“Desperately difficult situation financially”

Business quote of the day.

“Desperately difficult situation financially”
The lawyer of William Rollason, chief executive Farepak’s parent company during its collapse just before Christmas 2006 that left almost 120,000 customers out of pocket by a total of about £37m, on why his client could not afford a fine of £50,000 from the Financial Reporting Council (FRC). Despite owning property abroad worth more than £600,000.
Rollason admitted recklessness and misconduct and was given a severe reprimand, a £15,000 fine and asked to pay £50,000 in costs by an independent tribunal yesterday.

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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.