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Vince Cable

The good (two faced) Doctor could kill the coalition!

How very odd of Doctor Cable to pronounce that he could bring down the government, I guess many a Tory and Lib-Dem supporter will now be seeing him as a two faced opportunist prepared to say whatever mollifies his listeners in any given situation – he is a politician after all.

Of course having had those lengthy discussions at the beginning of May, he would have known exactly what he was getting into, and had a very good idea of the areas of policy that were tugging at his heart strings, one must assume, therefore, that Cable decided to forego all of his inner tensions in order to enjoy life as a Cabinet minister. It must be difficult now for anyone in the Westminster Village to imagine a less trustworthy colleague, surely?

If he does decide to amputate himself from Whitehall, at least we can be reassured that the good Doctor has a conscience, however, considering the breadth of the tie in arrangements for this five year fixed term Parliament, which make the removal of a government in the House of Commons that much more difficult, a ministerial resignation can hardly be described as a “nuclear option”.

A 3 volt spark will not start a revolution!

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Written by curly

December 21, 2010 at 2:34 pm

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  1. I think Curly is right to recognise that Cable resigning would not make much difference, in fact I theorise that the Conservatives have a ploy in which the main media focus (as far as individuals are concerned) for the governments policies seem to be Cable and Alexander with a bit of Clegg. The Condems will address the deficeit but already I suspect there will be a plot in which the Conservatives will wish to win a further term in office and that will not include the Libdems. The person causing most damage to the north east is Pickles, but again the Times (not renowned as being a leftist publication)showed quite clearly on the 10th how the north south divide is being further distanced and how there is a party political sphere to the cuts (do you yet accept that there are cuts by the way?). Curly, you are right Cable cannot cause too much damage, but I wonder what the reality is in examining the true relationship between the coalition parties. Personally I think the Libdems have slit there own throat in the approach they have taken. It’s amazing how prior to the last election very few would have seen them as anything other than a quirk.

    Kevin

    December 21, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    • PS can you do something about Cables dandruff on your screen?

      Kevin

      December 21, 2010 at 5:43 pm

      • No, there are still no real reductions in government budgets, overall public spending over the five years of this Parliament will still be higher than the previous five, the only cut is in the rate of growth of public spending. The deficit may become more manageable but it will still be there like a massive millstone around our necks. As for the dandruff, can I suggest you buy a miniature snow shovel for the bottom of your monitor?
        The good doctor may require a larger one to dig him out of this heap.

        curly

        December 21, 2010 at 6:15 pm

  2. Both Dave and Nick must be getting a bit tired of Vince getting all the headlines (and usually for the wrong reasons.)

    The sooner this vain and arrogant man is out of the governement, the better.

    The Lakelander

    December 21, 2010 at 6:47 pm

  3. Vince will need all his fancy footwork in the months ahead; Ola is a far more pleasant partner than CamClegg. Even more naive politically than our local Laurel and Hardy in his public pronouncements; unguarded but not in Carter Ruck territory.

    Labour New Boy

    December 21, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    • I was once invited to contribute to this blog. However, if the host cannot accept that there are real cuts to the delivery of services, a cut in the amount of people being employed, a cut in the funding particularly to councils in deprived areas (but not nearly so much to Conservative held areas). Cuts in policing, huge cuts and redundancies in the public sector etc. Then there is little point in entering a one sided, subjective, (emperor’s new clothes comes to mind) debate. Of course inflation, interest, and investment will always mean that there are real increases in spending (just look at your own household bills). If there is no acceptance of reality or real support for the people who matter, then it is time for me to move on to a more objective form of political debate. It has been interesting visiting this blog over the past few months but I feel that the majority of leads are fairly futile and stuck in their ways. There is a good deal of comment passed with little real research or objective reality. The people of South Tyneside deserve better from their local political forum. Continue with the blog it may provide some interest to some but not me. I wish you all a very merry Christmas, goodbye.

      Kevin

      December 22, 2010 at 9:33 am

      • I’m sorry you feel this way, and the fact that your views differ widely from mine does not in any way devalue or demerit your contribution to the debate. I only wish that a few more took such an interest in their local affairs and were prepared to air their views publicly, my role here is to give you a platform to air those views independently of mine, I certainly don’t expect people to agree with my thoughts and opinions and often hope that this blog provides an outlet, a valve to release some steam.

        It plays no other role than to reflect differing opinions so that those within South Shields Town Hall, and wider, can gain a taste or open an ear to what is being said outside of the realms of power.

        I wish you well during this festive season and beyond, with the hope that you may reconsider your decision some day.

        curly

        December 22, 2010 at 4:33 pm

  4. The Newcastle Journal is doing fine job reporting a wide cross section of views and opinions about the potential effects of public spending cuts in this area.Au revoir, Kevin, can’t really see where you are coming from as regards your farewell; I for one agree with your take on events,and that Pickles is a destructive force as regards the North East.

    Labour New Boy

    December 22, 2010 at 11:56 am

    • Competition amongst local news providers can only be a good thing I would suggest.

      curly

      December 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm

      • Vibrant local press independently reflecting local opinions vital,but my point is that Pickles and cohorts should have taken a more gradual approach and given local govt a 12 month challenge to devise economies and new cost cutting ways of delivering services with a more collegiate, consultative approach.During my local govt career always inteested in peer review and examples of best practice in public or private sector.

        Labour New Boy

        December 23, 2010 at 8:40 am


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