Tuesday evening saw the visit of Sir Vince Cable, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2017 to 2019, to King’s Worcester for a discussion led by George C, a Lower Sixth student.
This speaker event was organised solely by George C, who also superbly interviewed Sir Vince Cable, before opening the floor for questions from the audience. This was an excellent opportunity for George to lead this talk and showcase his knowledge of, expertise and passion in Politics. Sir Vince then undertook a book signing, with a huge uptake from those in attendance, which induced pupils from King’s, RGS Worcester, The Chase School and some Worcestershire City Councillors.
George C comments, “Sir Vince was thoroughly pleasant to listen to and interview, engaging those from Year 7 all the way through to members of staff. He was very interesting to talk to and learn from, with the ability to explain himself very clearly. During the talk he gave his views on reforming the British political system, talking about the need for proportional representation and reform of the House of Lords, as well as speaking about his political legacy, the decision to go into coalition and how the West should deal with China.”
Sir Vince Cable was a very influential figure in Parliament, being a Member of Parliament (MP) for Twickenham from 1997 to 2015 and from 2017 to 2019, as well as serving in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills from 2010 to 2015. He studied Economics at Cambridge and Glasgow, before working as an economic adviser to the Government of Kenya in the 1960s, and for the Commonwealth Secretariat in the 1970s and 1980s. He later served as Chief Economist for Shell in the 1990s.
Initially active in the Labour Party, Sir Vince became a Labour councillor in Glasgow in the 1970s, during which time he also served as a special adviser to then Trade Secretary, John Smith. In 1982, however, he defected to the newly formed Social Democratic Party, which later amalgamated with the Liberal Party to form the Liberal Democrats.
The audience found the talk from Sir Vince fascinating; hear their thoughts below:
“It was very interesting to hear about his experiences as an MP and how he thinks the political system in the UK should be reformed. Sir Vince was really inspiring, and his talk made me think more about how I should vote in the future and also the importance of voting. It was great to get his book too and to get it signed. I’m going to treasure it and it will be a great addition to my collection of Geopolitics books.” Jamie W
“I really enjoyed the talk. I’m planning to do Politics A level next year and now I’m really interested in it all. The best bit was when he talked about the deconstructing of the political system and about how there are flaws, yet how we can work with them. It was very enlightening.” Riya M (FF)
“He was very interesting to listen to. It’s also nice to get an insight into how things have changed over time. It’s very true about the tribal side of things, because unfortunately we see it all the time. I think it’s just quite nice to feel that it isn’t just us that’s experiencing it, so yeah, it’s quite reassuring to hear from someone who has done 40 years.” Dan Boatright – Liberal Democrat Councillor for Pershore
This was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils along with other schools to increase their knowledge of Politics and what is happening within Parliament.
We offer a huge thank-you to George C for organising and running what was a terrific event.