The words ‘only in America’ seem to come to mind when I mention that Donald Trump is currently the favourite to be named the Republican party’s presidential candidate, with second-place contender Ted Cruz trailing some distance behind. The idea that this guy could become president is, for many, a sobering thought. However, could his policy ideas be used to help British manufacturing?
It would be easy to dismiss the gaff-prone billionaire as a mere buffoon but, with the potential of him becoming the leader of the worlds largest super-power fast becoming a real possibility, should we be asking ourselves if there is anything of actual merit amongst his often controversial outpourings?
Trump recently spoke at, the ironically named Liberty university, and suggested that when he became president it would be within his power to force Apple (and presumably other US manufacturers) to produce their products in the US. This would be achieved by imposing a 35 per cent tax on American companies who outsource their manufacturing overseas – an increase on the 15 per cent outsourcing tax he proposed in his 2011 book, Time to Get Tough.
It is all too easy to dismiss anything Trump says as the maddness of a man too invested in his own ego but this latest comment piqued my interest. This is because the concept of strenuously taxing firms that manufacture overseas, or otherwise legislating them, into producing domestically, is a view echoed by many in the UK who feel it is a realistic option to save British manufacturing.
What do you think? Is such a radical move likly to help or hinder our manufacturing sector?
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