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Peter Flanagan: It would be wrong to sack minister over his business failings

Published 24/07/2013 | 05:00

John Perry at an EU Competitiveness Council meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania yesterday
John Perry at an EU Competitiveness Council meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania yesterday

FOR people who have repeatedly called for government ministers to have "real-world business experience", it must grate that the one minister who has truly walked in the shoes of the people who need his department most appears to be on the verge of losing his portfolio.

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John Perry is not an overly impressive minister for small business. He is not the most fluent of public speakers, and you could probably count the achievements of his department on one hand.

That is not why he looks to be finished as a minister though. Like so many small- business owners, Mr Perry borrowed heavily from the banks and is now having difficulties paying those loans back. He has until September 2 to come up with nearly €2.5m or agree a settlement with Danske Bank.

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