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Jenny introduces Vince’s “industrial renaissance” speech

A bit of politics – oh dear! But bear with me…

My partner Jenny is introducing Vince Cable’s speech today (extracts at http://www.libdems.org.uk/extracts-from-vince-cables-spring…). There’s a number of critical issues at a general election, of course, but the economy is at the heart of it all, and I’m a bit proud to see Jenny picked as a sincere, intelligent voice in politics to introduce perhaps the only leading politician to raise alarms *ahead* of the financial crisis.

The two important points in the speech to me are first, making it clear that the financial crisis made it a tad obvious that blind faith in free markets is cruel insanity (I may be paraphrasing to suit my own tastes here). Second, we need to invest in science and in our industrial base. The tone is important, too, such as being positive about immigrants. I’d have like to see a bit more about the importance of both the economy and science to the NHS, but this is only one speech out of many.

I’m a bit biased, of course, seeing as Jenny is the smartest, most empathetic, and generally wonderfullest woman on planet Earth. But the world would be a better place with more people of her calibre and character in politics. So I’m dead chuffed that’s been recognised in the few years we’ve spent delving into the political arena.

Incidentally, seeing as my hinterland means that I love people from most of the different parts and political parties in the UK, some thoughts for friends back home planning to vote SNP. I challenge anyone to have more genuine contempt than me for inhabitants of the Westminster who don’t work to represent and respect both their own constituents *and* the rest of the country. If (when, more likely) Scotland does send a wave of SNP MPs to Westminster, the rest of Westminster should grow a spine instead of whinging about a nation that dares to have a different opinion. 

If the UK parties had been consistently pro-Scotland, whether as neighbour or family member, they wouldn’t be finding themselves trying to justify locking a nation’s worth of MPs out of the post-election deal making. But in the meantime, as a Scot in England, the Lib Dems are the only party fundamentally in favour of the nations, regions and cities of the UK having as much control of their own affairs as possible. I’ve been voting for more powers for Scotland for over 20 years, and this year is no different. 

Back to Jenny: she is a fine English scientist, with a career ranging from astrophysics to renewable energy to horticulture. She’s standing for Parliament after many years of helping people and plants grow, and you couldn’t ask for a better person to genuinely represent people, no matter where they’re from or what they do. She’s the kind of person far more interested in how a disease is cured or the buses run than how to craft a positioning statement. It’s time us geeks got a bit of respect in politics!

Whatever you vote for, vote for something positive. I have often voted from cynicism, but this year I get to vote from love – it’s a nice feeling :)

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