Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Quote of the Day: Andrew Neil



"Isn’t the biggest myth of the election your reputation?"

Andrew Neil to a floundering Vince Cable

20 comments:

James said...

PEDANT'S CORNER

Surely Cable's "reputation" is the opinion of the public towards him. That opinion might be right, might be wrong, but really can't be "mythical".

Bird said...

Bullseye!

Keith Elliott said...

There you go again, Mr Dale. Just laughable, frankly.

The Grim Reaper said...

Admit it, Iain. You enjoyed writing that post. ;-)

sinosimon said...

he wasn't floundering.......he had already gone down for the third time.

vincent the Politician, a fortnight dead,
Forgot the cry of gulls, and the deep sea swell
And the profit and loss.
A current under sea
Picked his bones in whispers. As he rose and fell
He passed the stages of his age and youth
Entering the whirlpool.
Gentile or Jew
O you who turn the wheel and look to windward,
Consider Vincent, who was once handsome and tall as you.

Magical_Mist said...

@Keith Elliot -

"There you go again, Mr Dale. Just laughable, frankly."

Quoting Andrew Neil is laughable?

tapestry said...

The whole Lib Dem thing is a myth, propagated in desperation by a left wing media seeing their former standard bearer in collapse.

Another LD myth is PR.

If they get their hands on power, they won't offer PR to the Greens to take away their votes, and they won't want to come third or fourth behind UKIP as they did in the Europeans.

PR is a myth, a con, a ploy. The LDs are pulling our Cleggs. If they ever smell real power, PR will be quietly dropped.

Michael Heaver said...

Andrew Neil has been very good value as of late.

tapestry said...

The whole Lib Dem thing is a myth, propagated in desperation by a left wing media seeing their former standard bearer in collapse.

Another LD myth is PR.

If they get their hands on power, they won't offer PR to the Greens to take away their votes, and they won't want to come third or fourth behind UKIP as they did in the Europeans.

PR is a myth, a con, a ploy. The LDs are pulling our Cleggs. If they ever smell real power, PR will be quietly dropped.

starfish said...

Well, he certainly floundered

A few well-aimed questions from Brillo and Steph pointing out his flip-flops, inconsistencies and the incoherencies of his position and he looked very mediocre

I thought the other two did far better and Mr Osborne came over very well. The Chancellor did the best he could with the bag of nails bequeathed to him by Gordon Brown

realist said...

I heard Mr Clegg being interviewed on Radio 4 at lunchtime. He plainly sounded uneasy with some of his answers. These questions were put by the public supposedly, I can't help feeling that he would not put up a very good argument on some policies, under agressive questioning, (Nuclear arms, immigration and Britain's place in Europe seemed to cause him to start waffling). Am I alone or did anyone else notice.

Swiss Bob said...

You can see the video here:

Vince Cable, All Things to All Men.

Cable looks ill.

Paddy Briggs said...

The main story in the blogosphere seems to be Osborne' hair...

Paddy Briggs said...

If you would actually like to see more than just Brillo's postering you can go to the BBC website for three minutes worth:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/election_2010/8634197.stm

Dobson said...

Yes I agree it was a good line and Cable did look weak ...also agree with Michael; Andrew is on top form at the moment...

Evensong said...

@Paddy - So, Cable gets - for once - treated to some awkward questions and you try to divert talk to Osborne's hair followed by opining that Andrew Neill was 'posturing'. Why are you suddenly trying to trivialise the debate?

Come on, admit it. Cable tanked badly as he was finally brought to account about his opportunistic nature and his little straw house blew away.

norman said...

Working in Shell as a chief economist (God knows what he was doing when shell was refining the liquid which was the product of seller's market then, no economics was needed)is one thing and managing the economy of the country is another. Andrew Neil last time makes Cable sweat by reading to him his bizarre statements which contracdicted each other. Now, Neil has nailed Cable. Cable thinks he is Paul Samuelson, but he is the same Old Labour politician , the buddy of John Smith. Good also see Cleggy was reduced to jelly by young voters in Radio 1 who did the same for Brown the other day.

norman said...

The Scotman reports that Libdems will go with Labour as their conference a few weeks ago rejected any truck with Labour. Scotsman also makes an interesting point about Clegg has to overcome the "triple lock " system put in place when Ashdown was cosying up to Blair and this means that Clegg has to consult Libdem membership which involve secret ballots asking permission for coalition and this means days wasted. Ken Clarke's warning is not afterall scaremongering.

Tachybaptus said...

Sinosimon -- an alternative version:

Five cables deep poor Vincent lies;
Fun is of his figures made.
See him shrink before our eyes;
Of him everything doth fade,
As the TV doth him change
Into something with the mange.
Bloggers hourly give him hell,
Hark, I hear them scream and yell.

norman said...

Sorry an error. It should read" any truck with Tories"