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Merkel And Hollande Meet At Baltic Coast

If you want a lesson in how not to run an economy, take the Eurostar

14 August 2014 15:18

For the last five years, politicians of all shades have been banging on about how we should adopt this or that aspect of German economic policy. George Osborne argued in… Continue reading

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How far would this gruesome twosome go over Gaza?  (Photo by Ben Gurr - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

How far do the Lib Dems want to go over Gaza?

12 August 2014 18:14

Well, well, well. What’s all this then? Uncle Vince has announced the suspension of 12 export licenses to Israel. Here’s what he said: ‘We welcome the current ceasefire in Gaza… Continue reading

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How can we build ‘Brand Britain’?

11 July 2014 16:19

The Spectator, in association with BAE Systems, hosted a half-day forum entitled ‘Exporting for Growth’ on 27 June. The event was held to discuss what can be done to spread… Continue reading

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Time for some Lib Dem reflection (Photo: Ben Gurr - WPA Pool/Getty)

The Lib Dems must start to claim credit for the Coalition’s economic successes

3 June 2014 14:58

Jokes about their lock-in aside, today’s re-launch by Nick Clegg and Vince Cable apparently heralds the Deputy Prime Minister’s attempt to get the Lib Dems to take credit for policies announced… Continue reading

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Coffee Shots (boozy edition): Nick and Vince’s lock-in

3 June 2014 12:16

After a tricky few weeks, Nick Clegg and Vince Cable have decided to thrash things out over a pint of ale. At 11am. The pair are hanging out in a… Continue reading

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Speech On International Development

Nick Clegg is safe, but his party will continue to glower a while longer

28 May 2014 17:30

Nick Clegg is safer now than he was this morning. Lord Oakeshott’s outing as the source of these ICM seat polls and his resignation from the party has put the… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg And Vince Cable Give A 5 Point Plan On Tackling Banker's Bonuses

Vince Cable breaks his silence

26 May 2014 16:36

Vince Cable, definitely not in the Team Nick camp, has finally broken his silence from a trade visit in China to defend his colleague. In the past few minutes the… Continue reading

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Liberal Democrat Party Conference

The three things keeping Nick Clegg safe

25 May 2014 16:58

This weekend was always going to be an unpleasant one for Nick Clegg. The delay between the council results on Friday and tonight’s European Election count meant that the pain… Continue reading

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A sign for Pharmaceutical company Pfizer

Pfizer will be hard to stop

2 May 2014 16:03

The pattern of the global pharmaceutical industry has long been towards cross-border mergers that combine research strength, market access and the capital needed to sustain new drugs through multinational approval… Continue reading

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Michael Fallon (second right) at the launch of Royal Mail Plc last year. (Image: Royal Mail Group/Getty Images)

Blame it on the bankers’ boogie

12 April 2014 11:30

Vince Cable and Michael Fallon, ministers responsible for the Royal Mail sell-off, have been summoned for another select committee grilling after Easter. Meanwhile, Labour’s irritatingly smug business spokesman Chuka Umunna… Continue reading

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Bank Of England Cut Interest Rates To All Time Low

Jobs for the girls

13 March 2014 11:22

Martin Vander Weyer tells an interesting tale in his Any Other Business column this week of Business Secretary Vince Cable demanding that companies appoint more women to senior positions: ‘The… Continue reading

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Today’s GDP figures are useful ammunition for the Conservatives

28 January 2014 11:16

That the UK economy grew by 0.7 per cent in the final three months of 2013, leading to the fastest growth annually since the financial crisis, is obviously very good… Continue reading

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Coalition starts 2014 with exhausting round of bickering

7 January 2014 8:55

If George Osborne and David Cameron did fire the starting gun for the 2015 election campaign over the weekend and yesterday, then what will that campaign look like? Labour wants… Continue reading

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Vince Cable in last minute bid to be Christmas Grinch

22 December 2013 16:50

While Anna Soubry’s short joke about Nigel Farage on Marr has been causing the biggest row, it was actually Vince Cable’s interview earlier in the programme that was clearly intended… Continue reading

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Vince Cable: London is ‘becoming a kind of giant suction machine’

19 December 2013 8:53

Vince Cable’s Today interview was remarkable for two reasons. The first was that the Business Secretary announced that he doesn’t want to ‘rush into legislation’ on zero hours contracts and… Continue reading

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Vince Cable is right, Britain is most likely to leave the EU under a Labour government

7 December 2013 13:56

Vince Cable is surely right in his comments yesterday that the most likely scenario for Britain leaving the EU is if Ed Miliband is Prime Minister after the next election.… Continue reading

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We have a repeat of this spectacle to look forward to in 2015.

Leaders debates are on: officially

4 December 2013 13:17

Westminster Christmas party season is in full swing. Half the Cabinet dropped by the Sky News bash at the Intercontinental last night. Mick Hucknall was also there, which was odd.… Continue reading

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Who feels grumpier about the recovery?

25 October 2013 18:15

The Tories were expecting Ed Balls to be a little grumpy today after the ONS’ latest figures showed the economy was growing at its fastest rate in three years. And… Continue reading

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Edward Snowden and the Guardian have started a debate…in the Kremlin and Beijing

11 October 2013 15:14

I was on the Daily Politics earlier, discussing the Guardian / Snowden leaks and debating against a representative from the campaign group ‘Liberty’. The ‘Liberty’ representative kept saying what a… Continue reading

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Royal Mail Misses All Performance Targets

Royal Mail shares surge in early trading

11 October 2013 8:59

Royal Mail shares are currently trading at 421p, 91p above its 330p opening price. This morning, the shares hit 456p before falling back slightly. This increase of more than a… Continue reading

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The week, in audio

20 September 2013 16:05

Britain’s no3 political party held their annual conference this week. But before that, the Liberal Democrats met in Glasgow. The week started with Nick Clegg evading questions about Vince Cable’s… Continue reading

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Why Cable’s zero hours contracts crackdown won’t ruffle Tory feathers

17 September 2013 12:39

What do the Tories make of Vince Cable’s crackdown on zero hours contracts? The Business Secretary’s review has been long-known, but yesterday he announced that he would ‘act against abusive… Continue reading

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An Alternative View Of The Liberal Democrats Annual Party Conference

Lib Dem conference: Vince Cable says Coalition could end before 2015

16 September 2013 20:34

Cabinet colleagues’ concerns over the housing bubble and immigration was only one facet of Vince Cable’s fringe interview this evening. What he told Steve Richards about the Coalition was also… Continue reading

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An Alternative View Of The Liberal Democrats Annual Party Conference

Lib Dem conference: Vince Cable says Tory Cabinet colleagues are worried about housing bubble

16 September 2013 19:26

‘People think that I’m quite blunt,’ joked Vince Cable to Steve Richards at a fringe event this evening. The Business Secretary was being interviewed on his job, his relationship with… Continue reading

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The Liberal Democrats Hold Their Annual Party Conference

Lib Dem conference: Vince Cable undermines Clegg’s ‘reasonable party’ strategy

16 September 2013 14:41

Another year, another speech by Vince Cable attacking those nasty Tories. After his rather undignified to-ing and fro-ing over the economy vote that left him looking confused and selfish while… Continue reading

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