A straight-talking UKIP donor and successful businessman has said he believes that most politicians have Marxist tendencies because of a left-wing bias in educational institutions. To remedy that, he suggests mandatory real world experience for anyone holding public office.
Andrew Perloff is chairman and majority owner of the property group Panther Securities. He’s also a prominent and outspoken UKIP donor, who persuaded his board to give £25,000 to the party in June, without even exercising his own vote.
He regularly addresses his shareholders in what he calls the “Chairman’s Ramblings.” The Evening Standard reports he told them:
“I believe both politicians and bureaucrats are often similarly educated in a system that has a definite left-wing bias that never quite escapes them, that is against success and wealth, however created and obtained, having little knowledge of the benefits for the entire country that can be derived from individual economic success.”
He lampooned politicians for their lack of experience of real working life, saying: “Unfortunately, because of their lack of business experience and knowledge together with their Marxist tendencies they cause considerable unintentional consequences.”
“All new ministers should have six months’ work experience in a medium-sized company in a managerial capacity, where they are forced to deal with the complexities of the laws they have made. I also further propose that to give them a greater focus and incentive they must invest half their total wealth (including pension) in the company they “work experience” for and then see if their new taxation and laws are sensible enough for their investment to survive.”
And it appears Mr. Perloff is man of principle, ensuring his own daughter gains experience of working life. He told the board about her work experience in a department store on the south coast this summer.
Earlier in the year he used his “ramblings” to attack the “myriad of new laws giving increased rights and privileges to employees, rights to consumers, rights to minorities, ethically, religious or sexuality or protection from offensive/insensitive remarks and so much more, that I cannot immediately remember.”
In January he told them: “Ukip is a political party more attuned to the wishes and worries of the many voters that wish for independence from the bureaucracy of Europe.”
His business isn’t doing too badly either. Panther’s first half profits went up from £3.34 million to £3.96 million, and the dividend for the year was held at 12p a share.