Digby Jones – heading for an early rap on the knuckles

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Accountancy Age reports that:

New trade and investment minister Sir Digby Jones has called for a more competitive corporation tax rate.

Just a few days into his new role within the government, Sir Digby called for a more competitive tax rate for business to stimulate the economy, encourage more R&D investment and to help small businesses

Which does several things:

a) It shows that Jones does not understand that competition happens above the line, not below it;

b) Shows he has not changed his CBI spots;

c) Shows he has not yet understood ministerial responsibility - tax is not in his area so he should not be talking about it;

d) Shows Gordon Brown got it seriously wrong in thinking him fit to be a minister.

But since I knew that, why didn't Gordon?