The Secretary of State for business, innovation and skills, Dr Vince Cable MP will address a debate on responsible capitalism at Oasis Church Waterloo tonight.
Dr Cable, the Liberal Democrat MP for Twickenham, who has written a number of books on international economics and business, will speak about the potential for a new iteration of capitalist philosophy.
Coming in the midst of on-going global economic and social upheaval, the debate promises to provide a forum for a lively exchange of views.
Once Dr Cable has given his address, Richard Paton a representative of Occupy LSX, and Sir Stuart Etherington, the CEO of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations will be given a chance to respond formally, before the debate is opened up to members of the audience.
Dr Cable, a minister in the Conservative/ Liberal Democrat coalition government has previously hit out at ‘whingeing bankers’ and, famously, was secretly recorded saying he had ‘declared war’ on media tycoon Rupert Murdoch.
But he also worked for Oil giants Shell, for five years, rising to the position of Chief Economist in the company, which is widely derided by environmentalist and anti-Capitalist campaigners.
He is expected to suggest that rather than pulling down Capitalism altogether, we need to take steps to ensure that it becomes a positive rather than a negative force in society.
Oasis Church Waterloo was founded in 2003, under the name of church.co.uk. It is part of the Oasis Trust which was set up in 1985 by Rev Steve Chalke, the well-known Baptist minister, author and human rights campaigner.
The building the church inhabits was originally known as Surrey Hall, and was the birthplace of the Bible Society and the Shaftesbury Society, as well as the venue of a number of William Wilberforce’s anti-slavery meetings.
Oasis Church Waterloo is a part of a small network of Oasis churches across the UK.
The debate begins at 7pm, and tickets can be booked through the Oasis Church Waterloo website.
February 22nd, 2012 - Posted & Written by Simon Cross