The meltdown of the two major British parties has foist upon the Liberal Democrats a huge number of opportunities. One of them has been claiming the mantle of the business party away from the Tories as they now seem likely to elect the man known for chucking an expletive in the direction of the business community as their next leader. However, simply relying on the Tories and Labour being poor will not lead to any long-term electoral gains for the Lib Dems – and looking at current business policy of the party is a great place to start seeing where it is currently not good doing well enough.
What are the Lib Dems policies on business? What would a newly minted Liberal Democrat DBEIS minister set about as his or her first tasks? As far as I can tell, the Lib Dems have the following as their major, top of the page business policies: move from a shareholder model to a stakeholder one; crack down on company tax avoidance and evasion; more regulation to disrupt monopolies; employees getting more say in the running of companies; increasing minimum wage and toying with the notion of maximum wage; mandatory employee re-training at company expense; green taxes.