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Mike Ashley is the plain-speaking business hero we need

Mike Ashley, the football loving, fireplace-vomiting, retailing genius can credibly claim to be the UK's answer to Jeff Bezos. The share price of his company, Sports Direct, has gone in the wrong direction in recent years, but he is one of very few large-scale entrepreneurs committed to experiments in selling objects from places customers can visit.Meanwhile competitors continue to die or, in the case of department store chain Debenhams, do a creditable impersonation of a person sweating and swaying as they explain how they are perfectly fine and have no need of a doctor. Which brings us to Thursday's masterpiece of pointed business communication:EXCLUSIVE: here’s the letter Mike Ashley sent Debenhams boss— Ashley Armstrong (@AArmstrong_says) December 13, 2018It

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