Monday, March 29, 2010

Vince's Halo Slips

I don't know what they are putting in MPs' water at the moment, but it is certainly provoking them to boast a lot. Last week we had Stephen Byers talking himself up to gain a lobbying contract and then we had Vince Cable boasting that the Treasury had called him in to seek his sage and wise advice.

It actually turned out that Vince had requested the meeting with the Treasury Permanent Secretary himself and the meeting had lasted a mere 20 minutes. Vince has now been forced to write a grovelling letter of apology.

The halo is, at last, slipping.

PS An afterthought. I wonder whether Vince might like to apologise to The Observer. After all, he got a front page out of them for a completely bogus story and made them look like idiots. I hope they remember that next time he comes a knockin'...

10 comments:

degwm said...

Another reason why he was so respected Iain, if he's made a mistake then he decent enough to say sorry about it.

He has also admitted that the Labour policies in response to the 2008 crash was broadly right. He has also made a admittance that he has got a few things wrong.

That's why people respect him more than Gideon.

City Hall insider said...

From where exactly in the Telegraph story you link to, do you get the fact that Vince Cable had a to write a 'grovelling' apology as you put it?

Like many of the journalists who reported the original meeting (which of course did happen) are not guilty of over-egging the pudding a bit here?

DespairingLiberal said...

Where is the evidence for "grovelling"? That story just says he wrote a "letter of apology". Of course, he was just doing what Liberal politicians have done for decades, which is attempt to grow by overselling - although I agree that the Observer should put the record straight, as their banner headline was a joke. But proper investigative reporting is going further and further down the priorities and the printed media are looking increasingly like blogs. Given the standard of accuracy of blog headlines, this is, to say the least, a pity.

Thatsnews said...

Vince = Damaged goods.

I bet the Lib Dems are glad he did not become their leader!

DespairingLiberal said...

The phone callers are really pinning Ken Clarke down hard on Jeremy Vine right now (Radio 2) - an element of train-wreck radio is creeping in! Tory policy on the rocks...

Colin said...

He's up against a good Tory PPC in Twickenham. Hopefully the old chancer will have his halo wrapped round his neck...

Mirtha Tidville said...

To be honest I havent heard Jeremy Vine this morning, but the thought of yer average Joe pinning Ken Clarke down has given me the best laugh of the week!!!!!!

As for Vince many of us have long thought he was a fraud

The Grim Reaper said...
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Moriarty said...

Despairing drivel - Cable's a duplicitous non-entity who has been found out. Admit it.

The Grim Reaper said...

Previous comment deleted. With hindsight, I think it was very unfair. Apologies, Iain.