Browsing All posts tagged under »Vince Cable«

Murdoch wins again

March 3, 2011


There are some bits of news that, no matter how unreasonable and unwanted, you just expect. So it was no surprise to wake up this morning and find that the Con-Dems had dealt a vicious and serious blow to the plurality of the media by allowing NewsCorp to complete its takeover of BSkyB. Forget all […]

A happy coalition christmas

December 23, 2010


In September, I asked on these pages whether Vince Cable was the most likely senior Lib Dem to fall foul of the coalition government and move to the backbenches, or even defect to Labour. In some respects, those questions have proved to be important ones, given Cable’s recent infidelities in declaring that he would be […]

The betrayal of the Liberals

October 11, 2010


The leadership of the Liberal Democrats must surely be bracing themselves for what promises to be a difficult few days. With Lord Browne’s review of higher education funding set to be unveiled tomorrow, it seems most people already know what he is set to propose. And these proposals look set to divide the Liberal Democrats, […]

Coalition divided

September 29, 2010


David Miliband’s retirement from frontline politics was always going to dominate the news agenda once it was announced, and given the day the coalition government had been having up until that point you could forgive Cameron and co for being mighty relieved that the spotlight was off them at a moment when divisions within it […]

Cable out on a limb

September 22, 2010


There is no doubting that Vince Cable, the business secretary, is right to attack excessive bank bonuses and the “spivs and gamblers” that receive them. The major economic mouthpiece of the Liberal Democrats, such views and the forthright manner in which he has expressed were commonplace in opposition and earned Cable a reputation as one […]

They work for you

September 24, 2009


A valuable tool, one that I have not taken proper advantage so far, is They Work For You, a website that keeps an eye on how exactly your MP is voting in Parliament. It’s certainly worth playing with, if only to shatter your illusions about certain politicians. I’ve always admired Jon Cruddas, for his principled […]

Let’s make the most out of cuts

September 15, 2009


So Gordon Brown has finally brought himself to utter the dreaded word. No, not ‘resignation’. ‘Cuts’. Well done Gordon. As a leftie I have a natural aversion to cutting public spending, and would much prefer continued investment. But the nation’s debts are massive, and the three major parties now appear unanimous as to the need […]