Nissan leaves Tories to explain why they can’t even manage a bribe | John Crace

A £61m off-the-books sweetener failed to do the trick, but Greg Clark was focusing on the positives

Awks. It’s one thing for a government to offer a £61m off-the-books sweetener to reassure Nissan that Brexit wasn’t going to be such a big deal and it was fine for the Japanese carmaker to manufacture its new X-Trail model at its Sunderland plant.

It’s quite another for everyone to find out that the intended bung has proved completely ineffective. The Conservatives now can’t even manage a decent bribe.

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