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Daily View 2×2: 4 April 2020

It’s the weekend, and my day differs in that I don’t walk across the garden to the office. I might even have a lie-in. What are you all up to today?

2 big stories

A new leader for Labour

If the predictions are true, at 10.45 this morning, the leadership of the Labour Party will move across the borough border from Islington to Camden, but the change from Corbyn to Starmer is rather more dramatic than the change in scenery from Islington North to Holborn and St Pancras. What it means for Liberal Democrats is to be seen, but what are the biggest …

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The Independent View: Looking at ways to help student entrepreneurs

The slogan ‘Stronger Economy, Fairer Society’ is only as strong as the policies that support it.

We, at the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE), are pleased that the Liberal Democrats, in partnership with the Conservatives, have introduced a series of measures to put meat on the bones of this catchphrase.

Vince Cable’s Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) department has been busy beavering away on initiatives that help small businesses, including young entrepreneur start-ups. Young people like Arnold du Toit, who is worth £8 million in his mid-twenties after inventing a motorised golf trolley, and Jamal Edwards, whose YouTube videos progressed to a TV channel, show the kind of innovation Britain needs more of.

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LibLink: Christine Jardine..A coffee with a sweeter taste

Christine Jardine was until this Summer a Liberal Democrat Special Adviser at the heart of Government. She is now back working full time in politics in Scotland and writing occasionally for the Scotsman.

This week she’s turned her attention to the fact that large corporations like Starbucks don’t pay tax in the UK and reflects on the good that local, independent coffee shops bring to the community:

As I sat there enjoying my Americano, eyeing up the chocolate cake and cinnamon swirls, I began to think about the value that the entrepreneur behind the counter had brought to my community.

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Opinion: Deregulate Sunday trading to go for growth

The Coalition needs to get over its obsession with small businesses – and deregulate Sunday trading
With the recent fragility of the Coalition, it’s easy to forget that the Lib Dems do agree with the Tories on some issues. If we didn’t, it would have been impossible to forge a workable government in the first place. Mounting instability over constitutional reform makes it all the more important that the two parties can work together where their philosophies do align. One of those areas is economic and regulatory policy. Despite some notable blind spots, the Conservatives do share our belief in the strength of the free market to provide long-run economic growth. While many regulations are necessary and right, the Coalition should be able to work together in order to eliminate arbitrary and damaging rules that distort rather than level the economic playing field.

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  • User AvatarPeter Martin 28th May - 7:15pm
    @ JoeB, And to understand why giving the BoE this responsibility is a stupid idea, try Googling the phrase "Myth of Central Bank Indepndence". The...
  • User AvatarJem Coulson 28th May - 6:59pm
    All good points Paul and worthy of consideration. It is worth recognising that the UK comprises 4 nations (ie England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 28th May - 6:55pm
    Me too, Geoff. Am I correct in assuming that LBC is some sort of radio broadcaster situated at the less desirable wrong end of the...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 28th May - 6:42pm
    @ Joed Bourke "And whose stupid idea was it to give this responsibility to the BoE in the first place? Gordon Brown as Chancellor. I'm...
  • User AvatarPeter Black 28th May - 6:35pm
    Well, I volunteered to be part of this and never heard anything back. Who are these people you are training and how did you identify...
  • User AvatarThomas 28th May - 6:24pm
    A holistic reform package like this should be in our next manifesto.