At the highest levels in UK industry, there have been very cold attitudes towards Mr Lamont and this has made it impossible to get the essential business/public consensus that would have allowed him to succeed. The concept of public credibility seems to be a factor that completely eludes the Prime Minister. He claims to be loyal to colleagues but many interpret this as a hesitancy to take decisive action, which can only reinforce perceptions of lack of leadership.
Certainly, no one at the top in industry with the lack of credibility that Mr Lamont achieved could have expected to have lasted days, let alone months.
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