conversations with Business Secretary Vince Cable. In the conversations (which are actually more like one-sided rants from Cable), The Lib Dem shoots his mouth off to a bunch of people who he thought were Liberal Democrat supporters (but who were actually journalists), and tells them that he has "the nuclear option" whereby if he was pushed to do something he didn't like then he could "bring down the government." Good one Vince you blithering idiot!
Vince Cable is easily one of the most odious men in politics. His views are absolutely hard-left and out of the socialist playbook, and the fact that he has managed to get himself the position of Business Secretary in a government that is made predominately of Conservatives is disgraceful. Yet this shows him up for who he really he is. He isn't just a socialist - he is a power nut to boot. In the context of the conversations, Cable is not telling his "supporters" about how the government works, but is simply bragging about how much power he has.
The incident shows that he has no qualms about slagging off the government of which he is a major part either. He had met these people for the first time, and already he is slagging off the Tories, and how they are going to break their promises in the future, and how he doesn't trust a single one of them. It raises the question - what would he have said to them the next time they met?
Ultimately though this is a question of power, and Cable's love for it. Vince Cable is all about power. All the lefty rhetoric that he spouts about punishing banks, taxing and beating up bankers is all about transferring power over economic matters away from the banks and into his office. Cable is a classic statist, and sees himself as the ideal man to run such a large statist economy. There is certainly the usual anti-business mentality present in Vince Cable, but it is power that this man really seeks. No policy he has ever promoted has ever been about anything other than taking power away from private individuals and organisations, and handing that power over to the State. He should never have been allowed to even get a sniff of government, and to make him Business Secretary was obscene. Consequently, we are now facing the consequences of that extraordinarily misguided decision by the Prime Minister.
So, can Cable bring down the government? In short, no - he is a moron who thinks way too highly of himself, as most statists do. What he is though is a dangerous moron, and if he is allowed to continue being a moron, and advancing such ridiculous policies like taxing the banks out of existence, then he could be a danger in the future. It is for this reason that Cameron and Clegg should demand his resignation before the year is out. Let's start 2011 Cable-free!