Although the turn out for this month’s general election was high, there’s no doubting that much of the country was facing voter fatigue after a short but intense election campaign. Every day brought with it more news of pledges, polls and predictions, with candidates employing every campaigning tactic in the book. One source of voter encouragement they might not have anticipated, however, came in the form of two company directors appearing to try to influence their employees’ votes.
The two directors from different companies have faced a storm of criticism in the wake of the election after it emerged they sent staff warnings of dire consequences if they voted for any party other than the Conservative. Staff at Storm Technologies were warned by Managing Director John Brooker in advance of the vote that “If by any chance Labour win, we’ll have to rethink a few things here at the company so if you value your job and want to hold onto your hard earned money vote Conservative". In a separate incident, the Managing Director of bookmaker Jennings Racing, Greg Knight, told staff that if Labour and Lib Dem gambling policies were implemented the "business will be unable to continue and jobs will be lost".
I’m not sure that attempts to undermine voters’ right to free and unfettered choice is quite the strong and stable leadership that the directors’ chosen party would support!