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  • Vince Cable
    Article: May 17, 2018
    By Vince Cable MP in City AM

    Just as the competitive oil rush gave way to Rockefeller's new monopoly in the form of Standard Oil, so the internet's infrastructure is being built around a handful of companies of immense and growing power: Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon, along with their Chinese equivalents, Tencent, Alibaba, and Baidu.

  • VInce Cable
    Article: Apr 20, 2018
    In BBC

    People should be "empowered" to sell their own data if they want to, to share in the profits of technological advances, Sir Vince Cable has said.

    The Liberal Democrat leader said data was "the new oil" yet people were happy to give it up for free.

    He also said regulators should consider breaking up tech giants like Facebook and Amazon and that an independent standards body should monitor content.

  • George Smid
    Article: Jan 25, 2018
    By George Smid in Lincolnshire Reporter

    This column has long argued that Brexit was the result of massive mismanagement by previous governments, Labour and Tories alike, and leaving the European Union offered a convenient scapegoat. But Brexit on its own will not solve our problems and might even make them worse.

    Consider the following: you are sitting on the train, listening to excuses why the train is delayed: previous train blocking the station, 'technical faults', leaves on the tracks, … rain, sun … the best I have heard was 'horses on the track'. What next? The attack by the Indians?

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Jan 20, 2018
    By Vince Cable in Evening Standard

    We have just finished "celebrating" the 10th anniversary of Northern Rock. Its collapse proved to be the stone which triggered the landslide of failing banks and the many, mainly small, companies dragged down with them.

    The Carillion landslide is already pulling down hundreds of contractors and subcontractors and it illustrates the way that business is a network of companies tied together by credit, contracts, and (one hopes) trust.

  • rural
    Article: Jan 17, 2018
    By Christine Jardine MP

    RBS's closures of rural banking are ill-conceived. Many vulnerable customers will find it increasingly hard to manage their money as a result.

    Today, Les Matheson, Chief Executive, Personal & Business Banking for RBS appeared before the Westminster Scottish Affairs committee.

    RBS (whose headquarters is in my constituency) has caused controversy in recent months by shuttering many of their rural branches, leaving many unable to access their accounts and struggling to manage their money.

  • Tim Farron MP visits apprentices on local housing development
    Article: Nov 27, 2017
    By Vince Cable MP

    We've had an industrial strategy already for five years. But there is a big cloud hanging over it now caused by the major uncertainties around Brexit.

    The combination of falling apprenticeship starts and restricted access to skilled labour after Brexit will cripple the Industrial Strategy.

  • Rebecca Taylor - Candidate for Morley & Outwood Constituency
    Article: Nov 8, 2017
    By Rebecca Taylor in Liberal Democrat Voice

    It is widely recognised that the UK has a mid-level skills gap, which means employers can struggle to recruit for medium skilled occupations. At the same time, it can be hard for established workers (those over 25) to retrain or upskill if they aren't supported by their employer or can't self-fund.

  • Lorely Burt
    Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Liberal Democrat small business spokesperson Lorely Burt has backed a British Retail Consortium report warning that the future of the high street is threatened by business rates.

    Lorely Burt said:

    "The whole system of business rates is not working and is not fair. The government has tried tinkering but this is no longer enough. We need to look at land tax valuations.

  • Teresa May's Money Tree
    Article: Oct 17, 2017
    By Vince Cable in City A.M.

    The magic money tree has become an overused, hackneyed term of political abuse.

    Worse, it seems to have lost its capacity to hurt.

    It was, when first used, a rather witty way of making a serious point about political programmes which don't add up financially.

    Throughout three decades of Tory, Labour and coalition rule, opposition as well as government spokespeople took the concept of financial responsibility seriously.

  • Policy
    Article: Sep 29, 2017
    By George Kendall in Lberal Democrat Voice

    Have you ever heard the following?

    "The government should stop subsidising exploitation wages."

    "I work hard for my money. Families on child tax credits need to get up off their backsides."

    If you've canvassed on council estates you probably have. And, no doubt, the #labservatives have too, which is why both of them supported massive cuts to welfare.