Letters - Whelan undervalues UK PLC's PR nous

Far be it for me to defend the CBI from Mr Whelan's tirade (Opinion, 30 November), but as a communications professional working for the Institute of Directors I felt that his comments completely missed the point.

The business lobby and the TUC (yes, even the trade unions) took umbrage with the changes that were made to Capital Gains Tax because of the unhealthy effect it would have on the longevity of business investment.

While Whelan is correct about the UK having one of the lowest corporation taxes, he does not note the collective burden of National Insurance contributions and business rates that make the UK's tax competitiveness somewhat less compelling.

Moreover, perhaps if Whelan feels that voices such as his own have been unheard by the Government, he should stop venting his anguish over the pages of PRWeek and instead communicate his message to the stakeholders that matter.

Surely his comments just show that business communications with Government are both targeted and compelling, something those of us in this industry all aspire to. Perhaps Whelan feels outperformed on the PR front by business?

Alexander Ehmann, head of regulation and enterprise policy, Institute of Directors.

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