Feeds

Tories search Google for economic policy

Gentleman bankers and Schmidt solve credit crisis

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The Conservative Party is getting Google boss Eric Schmidt to fill a seat on its Economic Recovery Committee.

The group will meet fortnightly, we are told, although we're betting Mr Schmidt might not be around quite so often.

The Committee will be chaired by party leader David Cameron or, in his absence, by shadow chancellor George Osborne. The talking shop will "review and analyse the domestic and international economic situation, discuss immediate policy proposals to deal with the current crisis".

The Tories have struggled to express a clear message on how they would deal with the economic crisis - Brown's Labour party have found it easier to ditch their previous economic beliefs and head back to Keynesian policies. Maybe Schmidt - who used to run Novell of course - can help them with this.

Of course Google, despite its West coast liberal claims, is no stranger to right-wing politics.

Google has hired some seriously right-wing neo-con spin doctors in the US, and has even picked up PR staff from the Tories. Rachel Whetstone, a former aide to ex-former Tory leader Michael Howard, took charge of Google's European PR in 2005, and is now installed at the Googleplex as vp for Global Communications & Public Affairs.

And back in 2006 Schmidt spoke at the Tory Conference.

The Committee will also include recession-dinosaur Ken Clarke, Theresa May, David "Two Brains" Willetts, Philip Hammond, Oliver Letwin and William Hague.

Leaders from business, finance, and former civil servants who will serve in their personal capacity include ex-Vodafone boss Sir Christopher Gent and bankers Sir Peter Middleton, Sir Brian Pitman and Sir James Sassoon. Also round the table will be Next boss Simon Wolfson and Eric Schmidt. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights
Lobbies tetchy MPs 'to end indiscriminate online surveillance'
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.