3 things about ‘Cablegate’

Three quick thoughts about the ‘revelations’ in the Telegraph today:-

1. It reveals how Vince Cable appears to have become the bête noire for the Tory right, bizarrely after having steered through Parliament student finance decisions which one would have thought they would have loved. The line of a reshuffle with a straight Cable/Laws swap is coming from their sources, something Liberal Democrats would do well to remember.

2. The Telegraph will stop at nothing to break the coalition and smear Liberal Democrats. Well, no surprise there.

3. Vince’s view of the coalition and its programme remains somewhat Eeyoreish with concerns about some ideas with which many Liberal Democrats will sympathise, and which Liberal Democrat leaders would do well to articulate as a reminder that we are a separate and distinctive party with a coalition programme published and agreed, and other ideas outside of it which would need to be agreed.

Politics as usual, in other words.

2 Responses to 3 things about ‘Cablegate’

  1. JM December 21, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    3 good points Gareth. Not sure what the big deal is here.
    It appears there is shock and awe that a politician was – gasp –
    honest with people he thought were his constituents. He’s probably
    wrong to assume that he has a magical ‘nuclear option’ that will
    dissolve Government, though it would certainly shake the Coalition,
    and the Lib Dems if he ‘crossed the floor’ as some are suggesting
    he do. I think it is high time that the media, and the general
    public, and Labour, got to grips with the fact that the Coalition
    is seriously here to stay and they will have to come up with some
    better arguments against it other than “Vince Cable in honest
    politician shocker!”

  2. JM December 21, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    Oh, and Robert Peston has this to add…
    Normally don’t give Peston the time of day… but he appears to
    have a ‘whistleblower’ source, a la WikiLeaks.

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