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Vince Cable has chosen politics over sound economics

Commenting on Business Secretary Vince Cable’s speech on executive pay recently, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:

"If Vince Cable spent as much time and effort removing red tape as he appears to do on introducing more of it, we might get closer to encouraging the economic growth we need.

"To be fair to the Business Secretary, he appears to wish to cajole companies in a certain direction rather than take a fully draconian approach.

"Nevertheless, he is increasing the burden on businesses, not decreasing it. Ruminating about appropriate levels of executive pay is a distraction from the central issue of how to get the economy to grow. Vince Cable's statement today is more about political positioning than sound economics."

To arrange an interview with Mark Littlewood, IEA Director General, please contact Ruth Porter, Communications Director, 077 5171 7781, 020 7799 8900,

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