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Philip Booth
26 April 2013
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Of course, more regulation is just what the British economy needs. In particular, we need more regulation of those very small businesses that are struggling to get access to finance. Those routes...
Len Shackleton
24 January 2012
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Vince Cable’s proposals on executive pay do not really amount to a great deal, but it is worrying that the coalition now seems to have firmly accepted that top pay in the private sector is...
Len Shackleton
9 January 2012
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The Prime Minister says that the government intends to act on what it sees as excessive executive pay. Apparently we “can’t tell people what they should be paid but (should act) where...
Philip Booth
23 June 2011
4 comments

Mechanisms to ensure the political acceptability of privatisations should not be rejected automatically, simply because they are inefficient and raise less money for the taxpayer. Political...
D. R. Myddelton
22 September 2010
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In his speech this afternoon to the Liberal Democrats’ conference, the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, will assert: “ Capitalism kills competition ”. 
Mark Littlewood
19 August 2010
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The Liberal-Conservative administration deserves to pass its 100 day probation. It hasn’t done much yet, but it has said some of the right things and sounds like it might even get round to...
Philip Booth
28 July 2010
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Vince Cable suggested on Sunday that the payment of bank bonuses and dividends should be linked to whether or not they lent more to businesses. It is not clear exactly what he meant and there was no...
Len Shackleton
16 July 2010
14 comments

One of the things which the Blair government got right was establishing the principle of student fees in higher education. It is depressing to see our hyperactive coalition government, in the person...
Philip Booth
3 June 2010
6 comments

Vince Cable’s speech at Cass Business School was an interesting mix of the radical and the reactionary. Overall, it certainly reads no worse than speeches that have been given by most...
Philip Booth
19 November 2009
6 comments

I welcome Vince Cable’s repudiation of the Tobin tax but, instead, he has proposed a tax on bank profits to help provide a sort of insurance premium to pay for the losses banks impose on...
Len Shackleton
21 August 2009
20 comments

Compass, a left-wing pressure group, has added to the continuing squabble over pay by calling for a High Pay Commission. Its proposals have attracted support from a wide range of commentators and...
D. R. Myddelton
4 August 2009
40 comments

Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat spokesman on finance, says he wouldn’t increase total taxes to help deal with huge projected government deficits. Instead he wants “fairer” taxes...

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