Partnership and Politics in a Divided Decade

Sir Vince Cable, with his co-athor and wife, Rachel, in conversation with political journalist, Anne Perkins discussing their new book about his time in the coalition government.

Partnership and Politics in a Divided Decade, written in equal parts by the couple, gives a no-holds barred view of the negotiations, compromises, success and failures of the years 2010-20 from Sir Vince with a counterpoint from Rachel, describing the effect on their family life and her time as a political spouse.

In this conversation, Sir Vince begins by explaining why the Liberal Democrats ended up in coalition with the Government.

The book is available for kindle or paperback purchase from The Real Press

Sir Vince Cable and Rachel Smith in conversation from Radix Think Tank on Vimeo.

  • Vince Cable

Sir Vince Cable · MP for Twickenham for twenty years, retiring in 2019. Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade in the Coalition government between 2010 and 2015.

  • Rachel Smith · Has been a teacher, translator and Parish Councillor (was Chair of Brockenhurst Parish Council) as well as managing livestock farm for 35 years. Involved in developing affordable rural housing and was Chair of New Forest Villages HA.

  • Anne Perkins · Former political correspondent, opinion and leader writer for the Guardian, the BBC and Channel Four News. She has written biographies of Barbara Castle and Stanley Baldwin and an account of the 1926 General Strike.

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