The abolition of regional development agencies by the coalition was a “little Maoist and chaotic”, business secretary Vince Cable told a gathering in Birmingham last night.
Cable admitted to his audience at the annual dinner of the Lunar Society in Birmingham that scrapping the RDAs had been poorly executed, though he said he still supported the transfer of power from Whitehall to the regions that they represented.
His comments come as questions are raised about the government’s chosen growth agenda. Cable has designed the local economic partnerships (LEPs) – designed to replace RDAs – but a leaked letter from Mark Prisk, the junior business minister, to Cable, showed that the LEPs could be “in danger of failing to aid economic growth”. Cable himself admitted at a recent appearance before parliament’s business select committee that LEPs would not be able to access any central government money to help them start up but would instead have to solicit funding from councils.
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Yesterday i wrote over the shameful comments by a Tory Councillor and how he suggested the stoning of a young muslim women,i used the words and i think rightly that in todays climate he was causing concern and hurt he was wrong and must apologise for his silly and un thought remarks.In the afternoon i was bombarded by video clips of young muslim men at a remembrance day parade,i have never in all my life been so sickened by the display of hate shown by these men,i was brought up to respect and honour the brave men and women who have fought for this country and died for it. When i served this city as a local councillor Norman Owen asked would i lay a wreath on behalf of the Liberal Democrats it was and will always be an honour to have done so,and to see my youngest son carry on that role fills me with pride, what those men did yesterday was a disgrace many of those men were probably born here but those who were not i suggest one thing we are still a free country if you feel so strongly about the actions of those men who serve our country and some who still lay down there lives then i suggest you pack up your bags and go.