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Cuidado con los errores más grandes

RESULTA difícil tomar siempre las decisiones acertadas porque antes de tomarlas no sabemos si lo serán. El resultado de la toma de decisiones es desconocido a priori aunque sepas el camino que tomará en función de aquello a decidir. Sin embargo, la historia nos muestra errores y aciertos cometidos de los que siempre, siempre, debemos aprender después de analizar los procesos que condujeron a tal cosa. La crisis económica que padecemos todos, como la gran enfermedad que jamás podremos curar, hay que tratarla con delicadeza, tomando decisiones con inteligencia, dejándose asesorar, y comunicando, comunicando y comunicando. Justo uno de los motivos achacados a Zapatero en los inicios de la crisis económica: la falta de comunicación. A colación de las reuniones que está manteniendo Mariano Rajoy con diferentes colectivos antes de dar a conocer lo que aún desconocemos, me viene a la cabeza aquello que llamó Bill Price, en la biografía sobre Winston Churchill, como “The Biggest Mistake”. Esperemos que España emprenda un nuevo camino alejado de los errores, porque el coste, entonces, será demasiado grande…

“(…) In response to the conflicting advice he received, Churchill eventually accepted the views expressed by the Treasury and the Bank of England and, in his budget speech in May 1925, announced the Britain would be returning to the gold standard, a move which resulted in sterling being revalued upwards to its pre-war exchange rate with the dollar of one pound to $ 4.86. In later years, Churchill would reflect that this had been the biggest mistake of his life and that Keynes had been right about the consequences of such a move. It resulted in British exports becoming significantly more expensive, and there was a consequent decline in overseas orders for much of the country’s major industries, including shipbuilding, cotton milling and steel making. Coalmining was hit particulary hard, with coal supplies from competing countries becoming significantly cheaper, thus leading mine owners to attempt to impose wage cuts on miners in order to maintain their profits. This inevitably caused industrial dispute and mining unions threatened to strike unless the prospects of wage cuts were withdrawn. The Goverment offered the industry a subsidy to make up wages, averting a strike in 1925, but no agreement had been reached by the time the subsidy ran out in March of the following year and the miners walked out.”

Winston Churchill: War Leader

Bill Price