UK steel crisis of the government’s own making

The government’s response to the unfolding steel crisis has been characterised by chaos. Despite the 40,000 jobs at stake during a crucial meeting at Tata’s Indian headquarters last week, the prime minister was away, and the business secretary en route to Sydney to extol the virtues of free trade, leaving only a junior minister to hold the fort when the company announced its plan to sell off its British steel business, writes The Guardian.

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