Vince is right (again) & Nick is wrong (as usual)(updated)

 

Party conference poppycock – Part 1 – the Lib Dems.

Vince Cable Business Minister, remember him? He ‘s the chap who foresaw the banking crash, the credit crunch and says that George Osborne is wrong about signs of economic recovery. He is still seen by everyone as somone who has principles and vision.

Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister,  remember him? He’s the chap who lied about his principles to students and forever lost any trust the public might have had. He is seen now by everyone as desperate to keep political power at any cost.

Knives out for Clegg
Knives out for Clegg

Vince has  decided not to attend today’s Lib Dem conference debate on the economy! Because he has principles!(see Update below).

Nick is so desperate for power at any cost his principles are seen to be sham.

If the Lib Dems don’t ditch Clegg they are forever lost – Bye Bye! Nobody “agrees with Nick ” anymore.

Party politics – pah, poo & poppycock! (I would have preferred to say bollocks)

AcknowledgementGary Barker for Cable & Clegg cartoon

Update: Ooops! 24hrs is a long time in politics. Vince was made to turn up & vote in favour of the silly motion. Can’t trust any politician it seems (I thought I already knew that too – ah well.)

 

It’s a funny old world (#1) So our Vince was right then ..?

 

This is the first of a new series of posts pointing out the obvious hypocrisy of politicians that most people don’t have time to spot – I do, so here is a classic example.

The following article appeared in the Guardian on 21st December 2010.

A humbled and diminished Vince Cable was tonight allowed to cling on to his cabinet post as business secretary, but was stripped of all responsibility for media policy after it emerged he had told undercover reporters that he had “declared war” on Rupert Murdoch over the media magnate’s plans to take over all of BSkyB.

Cable’s reckless claims, in a secretly recorded conversation, were considered a flagrant breach of his duty to take a quasi-judicial approach to the proposed takeover, and were declared “totally unacceptable and inappropriate” by Downing Street. Many had expected an angry David Cameron to sack Cable or transfer him to a lesser cabinet role.

But instead the business secretary was hauled in front of his party leader, Nick Clegg, and then Cameron. After a series of emergency meetings, which included George Osborne, the chancellor, Clegg felt he could not afford to lose the second most senior Liberal Democrat from the government.

Nearly 70 civil servants responsible for all aspects of media and telecoms policy will now be transferred from Cable’s business empire to the Department of Culture Media and Sport headed by Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary and a Conservative likely to be sympathetic to Murdoch

Now that Murdoch has been accurately exposed as a gutter dwelling, lying stinkpot (which we all knew anyway), Vince Cable is seen to have been justified and correct in his observations.

So much for a rational and principled response from politicians then eh? Cameron, Clegg and Miliband owe Vince a huge apology – but I haven’t spotted one yet – have you? Cable has obviously been gagged by Clegg and Cameron – can’t have truth being aired in Westminster village, can we – bah, poo & piffle says I.

The pathetic displays of self righteousness, in the last few days, from people like Prescott, Brown and Cameron is truly nauseating …

We’re all in this together – but don’t dare strike says our Vince!

 

Remember this from our mate Dave? (Tory Conference – October 2009 – full text here)

It means showing that we’re all in this together, which is why we’ll freeze public sector pay for all but the one million lowest paid public sector workers for one year to help protect jobs. And it means showing that the rich will pay their share which is why for now the 50p tax rate will have to stay and child trust funds for those on middle and higher incomes will have to go.” + “But if we pull together, come together, work together — we will get through this together.”

Vince Cable upset the GMB union this morning by hinting that the government won’t tolerate joined up strikes protesting against “the cuts”. However, both “sides” of the argument are wrong; Because of the farcically weak position we are in thanks to the “financial markets”; bank bailouts; 2 world wars; and a series of inept and incompetent governments, we simply have to make cuts.

Had our “Dave” shown some leadership by:-

  • cutting, say, all current & future public sector pensions over, say, £40k by, say, 50% until the “deficit is cleared”
  • cutting public sector salaries over, say, £100k by 50% until the “deficit is cleared”
  • freezing public sector salaries for “at least” 12 months or until the “deficit is cleared”
  • dealing with errant MPs in the same way “we” are, i.e. gaol + 100% penalties (instead of letting most get away scot free
    •  even those 4/5 who are jailed don’t pay penalties)
  • reclaiming £6bn  tax avoided by Vodafone
  • reclaiming £285m tax avoided by Philip Green (Top Shop, Arcadia Group etc: “its my wife you have to talk to, she owns the company – oh, by the way, she resides in Monaco .., so you can’t get the tax, tee hee”)
  • not actually then hiring Green to help make efficiency savings! Difficult to make this up but its bloody true! 
  • renegotiating the PFI fiasco started by Thatcher & then embraced by Blair and Brown (£50bn of your cash criminally wasted)
  • reclaiming Fred the Shred’s pension & suing him for incompetence
  • dealing with the casino bankers properly & decisively
  • etc. etc. etc

… then he might have got away with saying we are all in this together and the unions might be supporting him in his attempt to cut public sector pensions for less well off workers.

Strikes won’t help the country either – what we need is some serious, loud debate from journalists, politicians & unionists – do we get it? Do we hell! (*)

* Actually we do – but only in “Private Eye”, as far as I can see…