Marmite’s moving to the Netherlands

Apparently it's got nothing to do with Brexit

Unilever, the company behind some of the UK's biggest brands, including Marmite and Persil, is moving its HQ out of the UK.

What it means: Both the UK government and Unilever are insisting it's not 'cos of Brexit. Unilever is a huge multinational, it's currently based in both countries, and it's Dutch business is a bit bigger, so wants to be based there. Last year, a US-based rival Kraft tried to   the company, and Dutch law will also protect it a bit better from an unwanted take over attempt happening again. It's said it will still keep its staff in UK, it just won't be based there.

But it's still not a *great* look for the government. Lots of businesses are really anxious about what will happen when the UK leaves the EU, trading with other countries will potentially become more difficult and more expensive. A number of businesses have already toyed with the idea of moving already. London's deputy mayor for business, a guy called Rajesh Agrawal, said that Unilever's decision is "disappointing", and shows that the government needs to protect London businesses in its Brexit negotiations.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?