Failings in public sector purchasing might make taxpayers angry, but politicians generally don’t have to worry about it threatening their position.
But when the taxpayer in question is an extremely wealthy, successful businessman and TV personality with a bewildering hairdo, they might have to think again.Donald Trump told Fox News in the US that he was so frustrated he was getting an itch to run for the presidency. And the effects of low-cost country sourcing are really getting on his nerves.
“What the politicians have done to this country, they should be ashamed of themselves,” he said. “I see it because I’m a big buyer of things, windows, pipes... because I build buildings,” he added, perhaps in an early appeal to the procurement vote. “So much of the product – glass, curtain walls – is made in China. We are rebuilding China. Our economy is getting killed.”
So among his first policy pledges, a tax on goods bought from China. “You want to buy from China, that’s great. But you are paying 25 per cent tax. If you buy it in this country you don’t have that tax. People are going to start creating jobs in this country.”
Of his shot at the presidency he added: “Somebody has to do something… People laugh at us. They laugh at the stupidity of the people running this country.”
Something is bound to change with “The Donald” in the White House.