Cable warns of 'painful' squeeze

Politicians have failed to prepare the public for the scale of the impending squeeze on living standards, Business Secretary Vince Cable has admitted.

Chris Huhne is subject of formal criminal investigation

The pressure grew on Chris Huhne last night after Essex Police disclosed it had launched a formal criminal investigation into claims he attempted to evade penalty points for speeding.

Call for copyright law changes

Changes to intellectual property (IP) systems, including copyright, could add up to £7.9 billion to the UK's economy, according to a review.

Campaigners welcome emission pledge

Reports that the Government is to sign up to ambitious targets for emissions cuts were welcomed as "a much needed boost" to the green agenda by environmental campaigners.

Video: Cable 'vindicated' by PCC

Vince Cable on the Press Complaints Commission's decision that The Daily Telegraph breached subtefuge rules by secretly taping ministers.

Clegg vows to veto NHS reforms

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today vowed to veto the Government's planned NHS reforms unless the package put forward by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is improved.

Video: Cable comments on election results

Business Secretary Vince Cable says the Lib Dems are disappointed with results in the elections but Nick Clegg will carry on as leader.

Leading article: Make this the last time you vote with an X

How often have politicians padded out speeches with phrases like these? "People should have more control over their lives"; "People rightly demand greater choice"; "Open up politics to give people more of a say"; or even, "Power to the people". On Thursday, we the people really do get our chance to have a say, and to take more power to ourselves.

Vince Cable: No wonder the Tories are so scared of AV

It is only self-interest and the desire to have things their own way that makes the Conservatives so keen on first past the post

Vince Cable considered quitting after row

Vince Cable has told how he considered resigning from the Government after his embarrassing comments to undercover reporters in December.

Video: Miliband urges hope over fear on AV

Ed Miliband has been joined by Vince Cable to urge people to choose "hope over fear" in the forthcoming AV referendum.

Leading article: Cameron's cynical and disappointing approach to immigration

The true objective of the speech was to shore up Tory support ahead of next month's local elections

HowTheLightGetsIn 2011 - The philosophy and music festival at Hay

HowTheLightGetsIn, the philosophy and music festival at Hay on Wye, is back. From rigorous debates and incisive solo talks to cutting-edge dj sessions and a different themed party every night, this year’s festival promises to be a cerebral and imaginative start to the summer season.

Cable desperate to stop fees stampede

Vince Cable was accused last night of adopting desperate measures to head off a stampede by universities to charge the top rate £9,000 a year for courses.

Leading article: Protest has a role in fairness

It is in the nature of protest marches that they tend to be a reaction to decisions that have already been taken and are most unlikely to be reversed. Thus it was on the Day of Action in 1980, the People's March for Jobs in 1981 and 1983, the CND march against Polaris in October 1983 and, yes, even though the House of Commons had yet to go through the formal motions, the march against the Iraq war in February 2003.

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