'Businesses must know the rules of the game... If it becomes unpredictable, it is damaging'

Walk the Talk

In this Walk the Talk with The Indian Express Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta on NDTV 24x7, British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks about AgustaWestland, his government's immigration policy and why he wants the "bright Indian graduate" to choose Britain

Welcome to Walk The Talk, Prime Minister.

Very good to be with you. Thank you very much... It's great to be back in India for my third visit over the last six-seven years. This time, we are bringing the biggest ever business delegation that has ever left Britain's shores. It's not just business, but sport, culture, arts and universities.

From museum to universities to Virgin Atlantic to Debenhams to everything.

We think the partnership between Britain and India can be a very deep, a very special partnership. We are incredibly impressed with what is happening in your economy and the big changes... and we want to be your partners..

...in spite of our coalition politics, which is spicier than yours and even more unpredictable?

I gather. We probably have lessons to learn there too. All politicians face challenges and difficult decisions and clearly, India is no exception. But your opportunities with your economic growth and the potential with your young population are immense. So we want to work with you as you make these decisions.

Did you ever exchange notes with Manmohan Singh on how to manage a coalition?

We haven't discussed that, but maybe this time I will ask him. He is more experienced than me and, as you say, there are more parties in his coalition.

I bet he has a thicker skin than yours.

Maybe, I don't know. I will ask him. I think he has done an excellent job though. He is a very good partner, we work closely together. We have a very frank and candid relationship. It's one that I value. I always joke with him that I have only been to one British university, and he has been to two Oxford and Cambridge. So he is a great scholar too.

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