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Making the Industrial Strategy Work, Part 1

As the economy slowly rebuilds, Vince Cable’s Industrial Strategy will play a key role in whether we will manufacture more in Britain. The challenge is to replace imports, export more and to be at the cutting edge of new technologies.

The case for government nurturing and supporting long term manufacturing growth in the UK is a compelling one. The challenge is to make this intervention work. This article is the first of four articles – brought together by the Lib Dem Campaign for Manufacturing – from around the country and from different industrial perspectives to inform this debate.

Government should have a different agenda from business. This needs to be said, because too often business’s agenda is self-serving. Shareholders want more profit and lower corporation tax, big business interests want favourable government legislation and employers want to lower the cost of employment. But nearly all these issues are valid for large numbers of businesses whether successful or struggling, whether exporting or not, whether investing or not.

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  • User AvatarAlex Macfie 11th Feb - 12:56pm
    @David Raw: I've been saying such for a long time; in particular I have strongly criticised the party's 2014 Euro election strategy, which was wrong...
  • User AvatarMick Taylor 11th Feb - 12:45pm
    There is absolutely no evidence that s0-called 'good' candidates poll better except where they have an incumbency factor - and they don't get that till...
  • User AvatarJames 11th Feb - 12:36pm
    I've got a certain degree of sympathy for Corbyn; he's faced with implaccable uncompromising opposition from the majority of his MPs towards most of his...
  • User AvatarDav 11th Feb - 12:14pm
    And of course manifesto commitments are always kept and delivered on by single party administrations, aren’t they… The point of democracy being that if they...
  • User AvatarPeter Parsons 11th Feb - 11:59am
    "Yes, but the essential difference is that the horse-trading goes on before the election and produces a manifesto which all in the party sign up...
  • User AvatarRobert Armour 11th Feb - 11:52am
    Barry You obviously no nothing about the pub industry, and should reframe from making comments or observations in matters that you no nothing about.