Join Vince Cable as he discusses his new book, How to be a Politician: 2,000 Years of Good (and Bad) Advice, with Andrés Velasco.
'Always forgive your enemies - but never forget their names.' JFK
'What do you want to be a sailor for? There are greater storms in politics than you will ever find at sea. Piracy, broadsides, blood on the decks. You will find them all in politics.' David Lloyd George
'Unchallenged master of the self-inflicted wound.' Nicholas Soames on Boris Johnson, apropos his switch to campaigning for Brexit
Structured to follow the arc of a life in politics - from childhood aspirations and first attempts at getting elected, to navigating the back benches, ascending the greasy pole, dealing with detractors, facing crises, and finally escaping - Punctuated throughout by candid insights from Sir Vince Cable How to Be a Politician weaves together the wittiest, wisest and most acerbic political quotations from the last 2,000 years.
Meet our speaker and chair
Vince Cable (@vincecable) is Professor in Practice at the School of Public Policy at LSE. He was UK Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade (2010-2015). He was Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2017-19. He served for 20 years as MP for Twickenham and retired in 2019.
Andrés Velasco (@AndresVelasco) is Professor of Public Policy and Dean of the School of Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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