The trade minister should offer practical assistance to business rather than lecture it.
Patricia Hewitt means well. When she talks of her mission to deliver 'prosperity for all', as she did at the Labour party conference in September, there can be no doubting the sincerity of her intentions. It would be very nice if everyone could be rich. But the wish is not enough to make things happen.
Hewitt, scarred by her years working for management consultancy, seems to believe that if she puts out enough mission statements and establishes enough working parties, all will be well and British industry will be transformed.