The new edition of House magazine features an extended interview with Norman Lamb, written by Sam Macrory.
Norman features on the cover, with the strapline “The business minister on why ‘flunking’ the coalition is not an option”.
The interview took place on election day, so Norman had thoughts for those facing tough polling fights, while defending the coaltion:
It’s very difficult for those people who are doing brilliant work in their local communities if they lose seats because of the position we are in in government, but you’ve got to try and do the right thing.
Obviously you’re concerned about the impact of government on a party, but I think… there’s a sort of national duty, not to put it too highly, for parties to actually take some responsibility. We could have just opted out, we could have just said, you know, we’re not going to participate in this [and] we will just criticise from the sidelines.
Do you do that to maintain cheap popular support or do you just take responsibility and get stuck in? What’s the point of being in this job, why do it if, ultimately, you flunk it? I just think you take responsibility, you see it through, you try and explain and justify as much as you can and ultimately, even if you’ve gone through very difficult periods, if you can see it through and actually end up in a better place [then] there is a possible reward in that.
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