"I was told about this £20bn down the back of the sofa quite a long time ago"

Vince Cable on RBS: business quote of the day.

"I was told about this £20bn down the back of the sofa quite a long time ago by Mr Hester, and I couldn't understand his problem"

Vince Cable, business secretary, talks to the BBC after the state-owned bank RBS says it has discovered £20bn that can be lent to small firms.

Vince Cable. Photograph: Getty Images

Helen Roxburgh is the online editor of Economia

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The NS Podcast #150: Englishness, X-men and Equality

The New Statesman podcast.

This week, Helen and Stephen try their best not to talk about the EU. Instead they turn to Boris Johnson’s media strategy, MP’s expenses, and Labour and the idea of Englishness. They go down-the-line to the Lobby with George Eaton. Then Henry Zeffman joins to discuss the politics of the new X-men movie. You also ask us: what does the future hold for the Women’s Equality Party? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Henry Zeffman)

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