Letter to Times
30th July 2013  |  0 comments


Those who question Vince Cable’s motives in challenging aspects of Coalition policy seem to have forgotten that, prior to the banking crisis in 2008, his was the most persistent Parliamentary voice warning of the perils ahead. But the powers that be preferred to bask in the pleasure of the on-going boom until it was far too late and damage had been done which will take decades to repair.

Now Dr. Cable is warning that providing extra credit for house buying will almost certainly push up the price of houses. It is evident that, unlike most things, our national habit is to spend as much as possible when buying a house. In short, a measure designed to help first-time buyers is more likely to create a new price bubble and leave things even worse for the next generation.

Likewise, Dr. Cable challenges efforts to hound out of the country people whose dearest wish is to stay here, work here and become fully part of this multicultural nation. All manner of tricks will be devised to deport these people, thousands of whom are involved in providing nursing and care for our ageing population. Even before the culling of such people, the NHS is counted ‘too busy’ to provide basic care. Had these good people committed acts of genocide, they would have better prospects of being allowed to stay.

In short, Dr. Cable has surely earned the right to speak out when he sees trouble ahead and the effectiveness of the Coalition will be reduced if he is silenced.

Roger Pincham C.B.E.

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