If you rely on broadcasters for news, such as the BBC, ITV (including Channel 4) and Sky, you can be forgiven for thinking that the economy is about to collapse, the public services will implode and universities disappear.
Such is the reporting of the ‘impartial’ special correspondents who often have as much real life work experience as David Cameron or Nick Clegg. Which is not much. These are the sort of people who think travelling north is taking the Northern tube line in London – from Waterloo to Charing Cross.
We are told it’s all due to Brexit, of course, and it is nonsense. When eventually it becomes incontestable that the world has not collapsed, that the earth is in fact round, not flat, and the third world war has not kicked-off, do not expect these broadcasters to say how successful we are or how their ‘reported’ warnings about Brexit were wrong.
What they report is what they select from the news feeds and their highly selective choices are what betrays their bias.
To be objective it is far better to scan the websites of business papers that can give more space to what is happening in the UK and what investments have been announced and jobs created. I’ll let you into a few secrets you may not be aware of, all announced this last week.
Amazon is creating an extra 1000 new jobs in the UK this year with its boss Doug Gurr declaring it’s ‘business as usual’ following Britain’s decision to quit the EU.This takes Amazon’s new jobs tally for the year to 3500. All told, the firm employs 15,500 people across the UK and supports another 74,000 jobs through Amazon Marketplace.
The Three Stills Company is investing £10 million in a new whisky distillery in the Scottish Borders, which will renovate and re-use old listed buildings and create local jobs. What happened to those dire warnings for the whisky industry? Thanks for your confidence Three Stills.
In Oban, Scottish Sea Farms announced it will invest £35 million in a Marine Resource Centre, creating high-quality jobs and training opportunities in aquaculture, bio-chemistry and engineering. Another vote of confidence to be welcomed. Did you hear that on Sky?
Durham Council is expanding its Aykley Heads business hub, creating up to 6000 jobs and generating an estimated £370 million for the local economy. So much for Brexit sending communities across the country into a tailspin…
Jaguar Land Rover opened its £20 million ‘Special Vehicle’ plant this week, which will build supercars like the Jaguar C-X75 that featured in the 007 film ‘Spectre’.
The Indian-owned carmaker also announced it will create 250 new jobs and invest another £7.5 million in a special Classic division, which will restore and re-manufacture vintage designs. So much for Brexit killing the car industry.
There are far more than this short selection. So keep calm and carry on.