Monday, July 26, 2010

Why Don't We Have a Trade Minister Yet?

It's great to see David Cameron leading such a massive trade mission to India this week. He will be accompanied by a team of business people, and Vince Cable and David Willetts.

But wouldn't it also be a good idea for the Trade Minister to go along too? The pity is that more than two months into the coalition government, we still don't have one. I find that incredible. Apparently several leading business figures have been approached and have all turned down the job.

It's time the position was filled, and filled quickly.

18 comments:

Sean Haffey said...

This is staggering. I would have expected that a name would have been pencilled in for the job months ago.

They must have mislaid my phone number ...

Simon Lewis said...

Probably no one wants the job!!

Jaz said...

This is mainly because the Trade minister has no power.

Trade policy is purely EU territory and has been for many years, the role is merely peripheral, if not a complete waste of somebodies time and money.

trevorsden said...

If they are thinking of making a Lord out of some businessman for the role then Browns escapade with Lord Digby (and Lord Sugar) will have given most of them pause for thought.

But given the anonymous outcome of Digby's time in office - do we really need one?

But yes you are right, and why not just put some politician in the job.

Grand_Inquisitor said...

Iain,

More to the point: Why don't we have a Home Secretary who is prepared to stand up to the creeping EU police state?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/7909314/Britons-to-be-spied-on-by-foreign-police.html

Libertarian said...

Iain

You obviously missed the bit about the EU now being responsible for Trade. DC will be running down the other departments soon too. Next up the Foreign Office

tapestry said...

The fact that there is no trade minister must be very encouraging for business. The best thing government could do is get the eff out of the way.

Get rid of Industrial Tribunals. Allow fast track visas-for-money so businesses can move staff round the world in days, without all the bureaucracy and time-wasting.

The next best thing they could do is to enable fast internet to be available everywhere, improve road and rail links.

Followed by enable cuts in the cost of energy, reduce fuel prices which are extortionate - crude oil is $80 not $140. Cut VAT.

Get rid of all quangos, the barmy rules and regulations. No trade minister needed thanks. Just get the b....... out of our way.

anne riddle said...

Digby Jones would be ideal!

Tom said...

Lord Mandelson perhaps?

Gallimaufry said...

Tony Hayward will have a gap in his diary once the sailing season's over.

The Grim Reaper said...

Give Old Holborn the job.

That way, anyone could turn up and do the job, yet the job would still get done.

Unsworth said...

Not too sure that any leading business figures would want to give up their careers and stipends. Also not too sure that there are many who are up to the politics/diplomacy of the job.

People like Alan Sugar can make bundles of money for themselves, but can they make it for the nation?

sarahhayward said...

This is a real surprise from a Tory Govt. What's wrong with an MP filling the position?

Furor Teutonicus said...

Why the HEL would you need a trade minister any way?

It is up to individual companies, to negotiate their own deals, NOT "government".

Furor Teutonicus said...

Follow ups.

Victor, NW Kent said...

We do have a Business Secretary. the business of Business is to trade or there is no business.

Roger Thornhill said...

Maybe rename it "Ministry of Backscratch, Bungs and Corporatism"?


Given the above, maybe it is no surprise they are spoilt for choice as to who to appoint...

David Miliband Leadership Campaign said...

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