back to article Beardy Ed Vaizey: 'I can't let go. I like the tech sector'

One month after Theresa May swept into government, former culture and digital minister Ed Vaizey is relatively sanguine about getting the sack. "The reason for me not being in my job is due to political reasons ... I didn't have perhaps enough credentials for her [sic] to stay in my post or even stay in government. Others did …

  1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    "But I said to her when she was letting me go that I would be very glad to support her from the back benches."

    Any "Yes Minister" fan will read that as a threat.

    1. Vimes

      Vaizey may or may not be right with regards to the need for a new digital ministry, but if one ever does come into being then he's certainly not the man to lead it.

      He voted *for* the Digital Economy Act, and then subsequently feigned confusion when the ISPs dared to object to it.

  2. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    "you can say these companies have created a new working environment which perhaps sits between self-employed and being fully employed by a company. Therefore, there is an opportunity for government to say: is there a third way?"

    Of course there is. It's working via one's own limited company and being treated by HMRC as a real business.

    1. Roo
      Windows

      "Of course there is. It's working via one's own limited company and being treated by HMRC as a real business."

      No problem with that, however some interpretations* of IR35 require you to buy tools from your own pocket rather than the company account, adding a ~40% premium to the cost of doing business...

      * = Depends on who answers the call at HMRC + phase of the moon.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Digital economy = Surveillance capitalism

    Tech company = Monopoly capitalists. With an app

    Tech-friendly regulation = Deregulation

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "I like the tech sector"

    You may like tech, Ed, but as a barrister in family law, from a very privileged background, with a degree in history, you know nothing about it.

    I'd say you fit in well with the politically well connected but talent free numpties that Cameron was and surrounded himself with. And that helps explain why vested City interests have repeatedly been preferred over real innovators or disruption to incumbent businesses.

    1. Vimes

      Re: "I like the tech sector"

      Mediocrity breeds more mediocrity. When it comes to that sort of thing the situation tends to move in an ever downward spiral.

      In that respect Cameron wasn't the first and - god help us - he won't be the last.

      How else could you explain the likes of Boris Johnson getting as far as being appointed Foreign Secretary?

      1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

        Re: "I like the tech sector"

        "How else could you explain the likes of Boris Johnson getting as far as being appointed Foreign Secretary?"

        Very easily. Having made his Brexit bed he's been told to go and lie in it.

        Yes I know there's ambiguity there.

        1. m0rt

          Re: "I like the tech sector"

          "How else could you explain the likes of Boris Johnson getting as far as being appointed Foreign Secretary?"

          That was a stroke of master strategy by May. Both keeping the enemy close, and at the same time putting them in a position seen as a good career move from one POV, but also, with regards to Exiting the EU, places a great big target on BJ's* back.

          *I really think Johnson should get a pet and name it Bear.

          1. Commswonk Silver badge

            Re: "I like the tech sector"

            That was a stroke of master strategy by May.

            That reads better when reworded "That was a stroke lash of master mistress strategy by May.

            It's just that I'm not entirely sure why...

            Edit: funny that I should have to press a Submit button to post this.

          2. Roj Blake
            Pint

            Re: "I like the tech sector"

            Upvote for the BJ and The Bear reference.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: "I like the tech sector"

        If you think this lot (the Tories) are mediocre then I'm sure we'd love to hear your opinion of the Opposition viz, the Labour Party who seem hel bent on returning to the bad old days of the 1970's and left wing infighting.

        I can remember the Trots, the Maoists, the Marxists, the Leninists, The Broad Left, the Socialists, the Socialist Workers and half a dozen more factions all fighting each other rather than the government. Then there was the party within a party (Derek Hatton and friends). Oh wait, isn't there one just like that now, called Momentum. Sounds like a brand of Petrol to me.

        I was brought up in a Family that had been staunchly Labour since 1922. No one wants to even think of voting for this lot of sad sacs at the moment.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: "I like the tech sector"

          I was brought up in a Family that had been staunchly Labour since 1922. No one wants to even think of voting for this lot of sad sacs at the moment.

          Well, your parliamentary party are indeed a bunch of sad sacks, but surely you'd be delighted by Chairman Jez' desire for good old fashioned socialism and a return to the 1970s? Admittedly it would give us an economy like Venezuela, but isn't that the sort of workers' paradise that the Labour party have always aspired to?

  5. Snoremonster

    'No one writes a letter to their MP to tell them their broadband installation went really well'

    That's because BT Openreach have a 0% success rate first time. Taken over 5 installations their metric improves slightly.

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