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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 AvatarNonconformistradical 18th Apr - 5:02pm
    "When did the Manchester Guardian become just the Guardian? " According to Wikipedia 1959 . Must have been the 1950 election as tories didn't win...
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    I think this is a good idea but it doesn't address the anomoly that if the employer makes a pension contribution he avoids paying NI,...
  • User AvatarAndy Wylie 18th Apr - 4:29pm
    When did the Manchester Guardian become just the Guardian? Before the 1964 election ? So my guess is 1950.
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