My hon. Friend mentions the opposition from across the political spectrum. Was she not surprised to read the comments from Lord Forsyth in the debate in the other place? He said:
“Frankly, I am surprised that this clause has survived so long. The scheme is ill thought through, confused and muddled.”—[Official Report, House of Lords, 20 March 2013; Vol. 744, c. 597.]
“the trappings of something that was thought up by someone in the bath...It is a foolish measure”. —[Official Report, House of Lords, 20 March 2013; Vol. 744, c. 614.]
That was said by a Tory former Minister with responsibility for employment.