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I find the prospect of unity government instinctively appealing—but personal experience leaves me wary

Any enthusiasm I might once have had for a “GNU” is undermined by knowledge of the inherent difficulties

By Vince Cable  

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As a former politician who always disliked tribal politics intensely, I am instinctively attracted to the idea of a government of national unity. I nonetheless think it is a bad idea in the current context. Personal experience has also helped to douse whatever enthusiasm for the idea that I may once have had.

I recall the 2008 financial crisis and feeling, and saying, at the time that the enormity of the crisis required a “GNU.” I was shocked…

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