May 28th, 2010

Sly Si and His Left-Wing Cabal

Simon Hughes shouldn’t be underestimated as an operator. He cut his teeth getting rid of more than his fair share of Liberal Democrat leaders, and in cahoots with Vince Cable he is rocking the boat again. Deprived of a Cabinet seat, Sly Si’s near coronation as Deputy LibDem leader is more than a little contrived…

Cable has looked close to tears for the last week and his unexpected resignation as Clegg’s deputy, and now his very public endorsement of Hughes as his replacement, shows just how worried he is about the coalition. This way the beardy-weirdies have a voice.

Perhaps as punishment for refusing to bloody his hands in the Treasury, Cable has been landed with the most cuts to his department. He has had to eat humble pie on television and his reputation as an economic guru is all but shattered. Bound by collective cabinet responsibility he is neutered.

Though Vince may have been exposed as bit of sham and the bookies make him favourite to be the first cabinet minister to resign, don’t think he isn’t going to go down without a fight, and never forget how vicious LibDem infighting can be. So who does he turn to start causing trouble? His old mucker Hughes of course – the whole swap looks like a well executed plan – interestingly his only challenger for the leadership thus far is Tim Farron – who has been a Hughes protege and ally for many years (and was a senior figure in both Simon’s leadership campaigns).

See also Cable’s Positioning


89 Comments

  1. 1
    Anonymous says:

    Oh what a tangled web is being weaved. That is if you believe it. I always had the opinion that Vince was the sly one and Simon a bit more up front.
    Interesting times ahead.

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    • 19
      Ben Jevons says:

      Cable: good at politics, backstabbing, and self promotion. Bad at economics, wisdom and trusting colleagues.

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        just over two weeks from the Election and Guido helps with the split says:

        Even If Cable and his following were ensuring a fall-back position in case of emergency with the 1922 headbangers starting the split, what with you doing their work for them in fueling the split, they sure as hell have little to lose now.

        Well done Mr Fawkes. I knew you’d see sense and put the boot into this weirdy beardy coalition sooner or later.

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        • 83
          Animal says:

          Simon Hughes is a particularly nasty little man; never let it be forgotten how he campaigned against Peter Tatchell in ’83 using the man’s homosexuality as a slur against him.

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    • 60
      David Davis says:

      It’s a fucking DISGRACE!

      Next thing you know he will be all over the TV and leading a backbench rebellion.

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      • 61
        John Redwood says:

        You said it DD.
        Never trust these hippy fucks! (here’s that dagger you ordered DD.)

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        • 63
          Et tu Boris? says:

          Cripes! These Spineless protoplasmic invertebrate amoebic Liberal fibbers really are Janus-faced!

          I say! That’s a bit of luck for old Bojo. Someone’s left a dagger lying about.
          Wasn’t Dave complaining to me about an itchy back ? This little blighter should be just the thing to cure it.

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  2. 2
    Big Society says:

    Guido, Why do you dislike Cable so much? Just asking.

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    • 14
      Cable and Useless says:

      Vince Cable is a chippy wiseacre,almost as vile as the gloated Alex Salmond.

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      • 40
        Anonymous says:

        What drugs are you taking to infer that Vince Cable is less credible than George Osborne on economics?

        The man has a PHD, in ECONOMICS.. and used to advise Shell among others

        Do you really think someone who was being groomed as board material for one of the biggest corporations on the planet is less credible than someone who’s only achievement to date is being elected for a safe Tory seat?

        How journalists can sit in their glass houses and lambast people who have actually achieved something in life is beyond me

        In fact, for people with the kind of education you find in the media-politico-city set. Becoming a journalist and writing penny-a-liners or reading an autocue is the very minimum you should aspire to.

        The paradox is they are able to command such outrageous salaries for doing so. Especially when for the likes of Paxman and Brillo its out of taxpayers money.

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        • 43
          Simon 'Straight Choice' Hughes says:

          He can have all the PhDs he likes, he’s still a leftist, which makes him useless when given anything to run (see: McRuin). The one exception to this rule was Goebbels, and that’s only because he had to lie in his job, not for it.

          It doesn’t matter if Osborne is thick as long as he knows you can’t spend more than you take in and that more tax doesn’t mean more money (might have to listen to Redwood on this one).

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          • Weirdy Beardy Libcons says:

            And Clegg or the rest of the Beardies are any different. Right.
            Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

            Gotta love that self delusion.

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        • 44

          Ask 20 economists for a solution to a probem and you get 21 different answers. I may have misquoted but the underlying truth is still apparent.

          Do you remember that large group of economists who wrote an open letter to The Times around about 1980 or so and declared their objection to Geoffery Howe’s and Maggie Thatcher’s economic policies?

          Do you remember how absolutely ridiculous they looked when they were proved completely wrong by the success of the 1980s?

          An economist is the last person we need as a chancellor. Far preferable to appoint an acoHuntant, finance director of a non-plc company or someone with a Maths ‘A’ level.

          All supporters of St Vince should see the videos Guido posted here in the last month labelled “flip flop cable” or such like. See them and then put your hand on your book of tax law and swear that Vince is The One.

          I’m not a great fan of Cameron and Osborne but rather them than a Lib dem or Labour incompetent in the job.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Best i heard was that an Economist can tell you 100 ways to fuck a woman and can’t find one to oblige him

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    • 35
      Big Ben says:

      Agreed – he’s alright. What exactly had he done to deserve such vitriol?

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    • 36
      Lola says:

      Has the fact that he’s self regarding shit with a selective memory got anything to do with it?

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      • 48
        MD Geest Bananas says:

        Anon Anon when did you develop a reverence for PhD’s? FFS they are two a penny. Cable was not being ‘groomed’ for the Board. He never got near the top and ‘was let go’.

        His problem is that he carries a large chip on his shoulder. This may be related to social inadequacy or a lack in the trouser dept. Either way his chip and envy of his betters makes him a nasty piece of excrement.

        Osborne has more brains and more class that this bottom feeder.

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        • 68
          anotheranon says:

          Jumping in to say I resent the comment about PhDs being two a penny. Some of us are working damn hard on our PhDs.

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      • 55
        Anonymous says:

        Such a well though out argument.

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    • 58
      Fawkes takes his orders from Dave and Osborne is Dave's special friend says:

      There’s no room for Cable with Osbo Nick Dave and Fawkes in the same bed

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  3. 3

    Guido is a windowlicker SHOCK EXCLUSIVE.

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  4. 4
    pmt008 says:

    Sadly this one is reaching more than a little bit. I know Simon Hughes and I am sure that he will not be angling to cause trouble. Nor do I think that he’s that annoyed about a lack of a cabinet post. His regular day is spent working for about 18 hours and I doubt he could still be the excellent local MP for Bermondsey that he is if he were in the cabinet.

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  5. 5
    I am a sad fucker i bought spiceworld the movie says:

    Hughes is the one that goes on and on and on and on ,bit of a twat really

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  6. 6
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    Come back M_ark O_aten, you’re more familiar with eating what Vince is being force fed now.

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  7. 7
    Broon says:

    The Liberals should lie in the bed they have made, and shut up.

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  8. 8
    johnny come lately says:

    Hughes must have been bitterly upset not getting a ministerial role. I do think Guido has put his finger on something. However I also feel that Cable has now placed himself well and truly in a cul de sac. He was interviewed by Paxman and he said how committed he was with the coalition and that he was going to get on with the job.

    Now what if he finds he cannot do the job? What if Clegg and Cameron both agree that Cable is way out of his depth. What if his cabinet colleagues point him out as ‘The weakest Link’? I think he could well be sacked well before he finds some weak excuse to resign.

    His only possible direction could be back to the Labour Party but his previous role as a saint will be well and truly tarnished he will become, very much, a sad backbencher.

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    • 46
      Anonymous says:

      Johnny, it’s known as Peters Principal i.e. in a hierarchy people rise to a level beyond their competence.

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      • 49
        Lawrence Peter says:

        Peter Principle states “Every worker rises to his level of incompetence”

        Cable hit the buffers at Shell where he was discovered to be a chippy, pompous windbag. Not sound at all.

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      • 50
        Anonymous says:

        Doh. That should have read Peters Principle. Bl~dy comprehensive schools.

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        • 80
          Arfur Pint says:

          Yup – you missed the apostrophe in Peter’s. But no doubt your heart is in the right place despite your educational experiences.

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  9. 9
    I am a sad fucker i bought spiceworld the movie says:

    Guido on your quote of the day its says zac goldsmith is a green mp, i thought he was a tory?

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  10. 10
    TOO FAR says:

    It would be “nice” if these over bloated ego wankers put the UK’s interest first. They are so up there own arse. bollocks to both of them, waste of oxygen. They don’t give a flying fuck about Joe public. Playing petty politics, and WE pay their “wages”

    Pissed off, going for a pint!!!

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  11. 11
    dayzed and confused says:

    Why dislike Vinnie:

    First: every Economist is right once in a lifetime, he’s had his 15 minutes and wants more, nasty ‘orrid leftie. Second: He never actually reinvented himself, he just went underground, called himself a Lib Dem. He is actually a socialist mole whose handlers planted him 40 years ago as a sleeper and forgot all about him – cos’ he sent them to sleep banging on about balances of payments, social parity, the outrageous rich/bankers/the House of Lords and the day when Liberals will control the country.

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  12. 12
    John Cipher says:

    Isn’t he one of their bandits? Bring back Opik – at least he (allegedly) knobed one of the (albeit rougher of the two) Cheeky Girls.

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    • 30
      Gorgon was my hero says:

      I thought Hughes was a Mandlebum too – it’ll be handbags at dawn at this rate

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      • 53
        Peter Tatchell says:

        Yes he is one of us but like Judas, the cock had to crow thrice before he admitted to being a bumboy.
        In his favour he has no relationships with glass tables.

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  13. 13
    Penfold says:

    Typical behaviour from Vince.

    He’s had one big massive sulk since the coalition, whether he can keep it going for the same length as Heath is open to bets.

    Vince is showing his Labourite foundations, he’s not an L-D’er, so is terribly uncomfortable with the coalition, indeed he’s not a happy chap at all. His party got chopped at Twickenham ‘cos they wouldn’t listen to the people and he was far too elevated to sully his hands with local affairs.

    As for his economic guruship, bah, crap, flip-flopping all over the shop, useless.

    He’s connived a nice little stitch up with St Simeon of Hughes, nice to see the left coming home to roost.

    The L-D’s will be history in a year.

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    • 39
      Lola says:

      Well, if the Libdems are history in a year maybe we’ll end up with a ‘Liberal’ party’ If that was a traditional ‘Liberal’ party that may not be at all a bad thing.

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      • 52
        no longer anonymous says:

        The tradtional Liberal Party (before the SDP merger) was stuffed full of lefties and sandalistas as well. The sensible elements within the party had jumped ship to the Tories decades ago.

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  14. 15
    Genghiz the Kahn says:

    Looks as if there is some fun afoot in Saddleworth, the Limp Dims are mounting a legal challenge to Woolas.

    http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1241469_legal_challenge_to_woolas_election_victory

    103 votes between Phil Woolarse and the Limp Dim, with allegations of libel thrown in.

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  15. 16
    Janes says:

    Having for many years worked with, and fought, Lib Dems in local government and politics, I know that internally they feud like mad with each other, and just cannot be trusted as a group to carry out a sustained approach.

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  16. 18
    I am a sad fucker i bought spiceworld the movie says:

    its like eastenders really ,init

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    • 42
      Anonymous says:

      Did you buy it first time around or the 10th Anniversary Edition? If it was the original, did you buy the “tinned” edition and, if so, which Spice Girl did you choose.

      These are the important political questions that no-one else seems to be asking.

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      • 45
        I am a sad fucker i bought spiceworld the movie says:

        I got it on video bog standerd, the tape was green , bright green

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  17. 22
    English John says:

    Suprised Hughes hasn’t been given a peerage. He would have far more in common with all the other fudge pushers.

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  18. 23
    bergen says:

    The problem with the Libdems is not so much a left/right split(the other parties suffer those)but an office seeking/protest making split which is far harder to deal with and this difference covers both wings of the party.Of recent leaders,Clegg and Ashdown belong to the office seekers but Kennedy is happier protesting from the touchline.I would take Cable’s statement at face value.He has reached cabinet office unexpectantly,at some age and in an economic crisis.It makes sense for him to want to offload the deputy’s post.

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  19. 24
    Broon says:

    He is a bit of a seedy tart.

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  20. 28
    Sarah Beard says:

    It’s been so nice being back with my special friend in Kent. It got so tiresome putting on an act for the public.

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  21. 31
    Swiss Bob says:

    Hughes is a slag, and as you say, Cable is finished as an ‘economist’, for which I can claim a small part :-). http://www.the-daily-politics.com/home/38-editorial/1455-vince-cable-all-things-to-all-men

    Can they disrupt the coalition or will it be its first test? Look at the recent by election, the people, as against the media appear to like what they see so far and losing the loony left of the LibDems is hardly a great loss.

    Laws for PM.

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  22. 33
    Fiyaz Mughal says:

    I’m so pleased for Simon.

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  23. 34
    Post-Election Frolics says:

    How long before Liebore secretly ask Cable to cross the floor and stand for leader?

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  24. 37
    Sir William Waad says:

    Disable Cable
    Abuse Hughes

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  25. 41
    Post-Election Frolics says:

    Apart from conservative Lib Dem’s like the genuinely talented David Laws, the majority of them have got so used to opposition, they never expected to have any power, and now the likes of Cable realise they can’t cut it as ministers and are pining to be back in the safety and comfort of opposition. This is what the crooks in Labour are hoping for, and they’re probably planning to tempt disgruntled Limp Dumps to cross the floor to destabilize the coalition.

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    • 77
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      Let’s be careful with our terminology. LibDems like Laws are Gladstonian Liberals, in today’s terms, non-marxist left. Vince and Simon appear to be “me too marxists”.

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  26. 47
    And I thought I kept my finger on the pulse says:

    Never heard of Farron. Such is fame.

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  27. 54
    Lord Carrington's binoculars says:

    Cable’s discomfort is no more than a clear example of the Left’s complete inability to deal with the real world.

    A brilliant, brilliant move by the Conservatives to put old shit-for-brains on the spot.

    Forcing Cable to help balance the books in public is a joy to watch. He desperately wants to creep back to opposition and blame the banks, rich people etc from the safety of a TV studio.

    Not since he proposed a mansion tax on 1 million pound houses (when his leader’s house is worth 1.5mil and it had to be quietly raised to 2 million) has Cable looked such a div.

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  28. 56
    Anonymous says:

    Little Lawsy is his master now ! Oh How the lib-dems changeth from pre-coalition.

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  29. 62
    South London Lad says:

    Wrong!

    I was led to believe that Hughes did not want a Cabinet job because……..

    Get yourself a copy of the current issue of the Southwark News, (newspaper made from dead trees).
    40 pence.

    Could Ermine be involved??????????
    Or another jab at the Mayor of London???????

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  30. 65
    SaltPetre says:

    Is he the gay one ?

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    Shire Tory says:

    I hate that scumbag, even more than I hate most Labour members. He has that sneeringly condescending ‘London Town’ manner about him when he is asked a question, every answer, every utterance has to be dripping with his own self importance and arrogant demeanour.
    I really do hope that when the coalition comes to an end – which with him as LibDem Deputy Leader will be sooner rather than later – he gets thrown out with the rest of them.
    Bloody reptile.

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    • 72
      Duncan says:

      I feel the same way about his mannerisms but I can only say (as I’m sure won’t convince you) that when you get to know him you find out that he really is genuine: he’s devoted to trying to be a good constituency MP and fighting poverty. He’s just extraordinarily anti-charismatic.

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  33. 69
    HenryV says:

    My Gran doesn’t like Hughes; so be warned.

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  34. 71
    Duncan says:

    “His old mucker Hughes of course – the whole swap looks like a well executed plan – interestingly his only challenger for the leadership thus far is Tim Farron – who has been a Hughes protege and ally for many years (and was a senior figure in both Simon’s leadership campaigns).”

    I was going to say. It’s hardly a ‘left wing stitch up’ as two (both the) candidates from the ‘left wing’ of the party and are vying replacing another one as deputy leader. But you’ve noticed.

    “I was led to believe that Hughes did not want a Cabinet job because” – he wasn’t offered one because it was felt he’d be disruptive I suspect. I can tell you other senior LibDems you might have thought would be obviously given roles may have lost out due to a misunderstanding over what roles were ‘too junior’ for them, though so you shouldn’t read too much into who does and who does not have a role.

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  35. 79
    JimmyC says:

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  36. 82
    Disco Biscuit says:

    I wonder if that nasty piece of work had anything to do with outing Laws. He’s got form on that kind of thing going back years, as Saint Peter Tatchell will tell you…

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  37. 84
    Nae Hawkers, nae Tinkers, nae Campbells says:

    Just loving Ol Cable having to put up or shut up, his stuck clock right twice a day plan is coming unstuck.

    As one of Crash Broon’s former lecturers he proves the old saying, “Those that can do, those that can’t teach”.

    Can’t stand Hughes though.

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  38. 85

    [...] Lib Dems this week, to rampant speculation. At the very least, it’s an orchestrated attempt to put a left-leaning Lib Dem in the deputy position, whilst also being in a position to be able to be ‘outside the tent, pissing [...]

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  39. 86
    William says:

    Since the election Guido, your reputation as an investigative blogger has been shattered in my mind.

    All you seem to do presently is make snide and bitter remarks with the most vague and incoherent of substantiation against those whom you dislike or disagree with. Don’t ever mind their arguments or their humility, just keep conspiring to spread resentment.

    Shame on you.

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  40. 87
    Anonymous says:

    I don’t think Hughes will win. He’s been around way too long now. Farron will get the rank and file votes.

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