When Carolyn Fairbairn, the director of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the British employers, was decorated by the Queen in July, the reactions were of a rare virulence. “A blemish on our democracy” , carried Priti Patel, then simple pro-Brexit MP, and today Minister of the Interior. “It’s completely inappropriate ,” she continues, ” she’s rewarded for running a regressive campaign against our country. “ Jacob Rees-Mogg, also then backbencher today Minister for Relations with Parliament, went there with a projection while icy irony. “The CBI said what was asked of it to support the government’s policy [Theresa May]and she is conscientiously rewarded. I congratulate her. Obedience works. “
Sitting very straight in her chair, Carolyn Fairbairn barely shows a sign of annoyance when reminded of these remarks. She is used to. For three and a half years, she has become one of the favorite targets of Brexit supporters, who accuse her of being unpatriotic and leading the “project of fear” against leaving the European Union (EU).
The boss of the British bosses recognizes just avoid looking at the comments on her on social networks. “It can be very intimidating, especially for women. I prefer not to read them. We all have a limit to what we can cash. I listen to the critics, but when it comes to simple insults, I do not want to hear them. “
A quick glance at his Twitter feed easily explains the need to protect yourself. Carolyn Fairbairn is accused of being “anti-British, the 5 th column, undermining this country” , “traitor” , “paid by the EU” (that is false, CBI receives 0.6% of its budget of the European Union, to organize surveys of companies) … At her office in the heart of the City, she sometimes receives threatening letters.
“We’re tired of experts”
A woman of records avoiding the big lyrical flights, always precise, the director of the CBI, 58 years, ended up incarnating in spite of her “the elites” against the “people”. With Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, she became one of the main enemies of the brexiters, who prefer to handle emotionally charged arguments. “We have enough experts,” launched during the referendum campaign Michael Gove, today minister in charge of the preparations for the “no deal”. “Fuck business,” summed up in the summer of 2018 Boris Johnson, before becoming prime minister.