Voters don’t grasp size of challenge

Vince Middleton, boss of Newburgh Engineering, left, gets some instruction from second cousin Torston Middleton at the AMRC Training Centre 'Back to the Floor' session
Vince Middleton, boss of Newburgh Engineering, left, gets some instruction from second cousin Torston Middleton at the AMRC Training Centre 'Back to the Floor' session
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Vince Middleton is managing director of Newburgh Engineering in Rotherham:

When we had the Labour party for two terms in office they just about left the place bankrupt. The idea that we would consider electing them again when we are in such a fragile state is terrifying to be honest – you’re heading for a situation like Greece.

The Tories left the economy in a very good state. If you haven’t got any money you can’t afford social policies.

From a business point of view I would rather see us out of Europe. I wouldn’t mind being in if everyone else played by the rules. France has a subsidised manufacturing sector and does all the things they are not supposed to do. It is absolutely nationalistic in its purchasing strategy.

Germany strategically position themselves very well. They set the rules. We do no business with Europe. We sell into the UK and export globally. As a nation we could be out.

I am apolitical really. But if we got an SNP/Labour coalition the country will end up a wreck. Personally I would question where having a business in the country would be a good thing. It’s hard enough as it is – I would be thinking it’s not worth it.

Oil prices have halved in the last six months and taken $100bn out of the market - and a lot of it’s made in the UK.

Demand is down but in a buoyant economy other sectors will compensate for it. But we could be facing five, possibly 10, years of someone screwing everything up. Why would you employ people and keep a business going when the government is intent on cocking everything up?

Labour lacks credibility. The whole thing was built around PFI and pseudo-wealth that they created and they created a massive deficit. There’s been no apology.

It’ll be 2020 before we stop borrowing money and 2050 before we pay it back. Worse austerity is to come – public sector pensions are not affordable. We need to reduce the public sector enormously, it’s well and truly broken. We’ve had just five years of trying to fix a 50-year problem.

I do fear that most voters do not understand the enormity of the challenge and are only interested in making sure that they have their lifejackets and are in the life raft, only to look back and see the ship sink.