July 2nd, 2012

Flip-Flop: Vince Cable on EU Referendum
Was For It Before He Was Against

Vince Cable consistently counter-attacks whenever the Tory right bangs on about an EU referendum. Following Dave’s bewildering Sunday Telegraph piece at the weekend, Cable said that talk of a referendum was “horribly irrelevant“. Odd then that back in 2007 before the Eurozone meltdown got going Vince was rather more positive about the idea:

We see a referendum as an opportunity to have a proper debate about the future of Britain’s relationship with the EU. No-one under the age of fifty – including the current Foreign Secretary – has had a say on Britain’s membership of the EU. An in-out referendum would give people a vote on the broad issue. We trust the people to make a decision about whether we should stay in or get out. We must flush our opponents out of their bunkers and challenge them to make clear their positions on this fundamental issue for the future of our country.”

From a “fundamental issue” to “horribly irrelevant” in just a few years. A LibDem abandoning their principles once they’ve entered the corridors of power – fancy that…

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  1. 1
    Vascillating Cable says:

    Im all for it

  2. 2
    Vascillating Cable says:

    Second thoughts I’m against it

  3. 3
    Vascillating Cable says:

    Thinking about this I’m all for it

  4. 4
    Vascillating Cable says:

    I’ll never agree to this

  5. 5
    Toucan says:

    Talking about bizarre counter-attacks, did EdM really suggest on breakfast TV that if Dave doesn’t call a banking inquiry that he must have something to hide? What can he be suggesting?

  6. 6
    nellnewman says:

    ‘horribly irrelevant’ is a very apt phrase to describe the bumbling vince.

    I just hope that cameron has the backbone to get rid of him when he reshuffles his cabinet in the autumn

  7. 7
    Vascillating Cable says:

    I’m actually in two minds

  8. 8
    Quisling says:

    What’s in his mouth in the picture? Is that how he got his job?

  9. 9
    Spank Sinatra says:

    Does anyone really give a toss as regards Vince’s pronouncements? The only person to take him seriously is himself and even then it’s often a struggle.

  10. 10

    Or just leap out behind him and pop a paper bag, while shouting “DON’T SHOOT VINCE!!!!” really loudly

  11. 11
    nellnewman says:

    militwit is highly amusing. He saw the words ‘banking crisis’ blazoned across his Friday newspaper and they instantly in his brain (or what passes for a brain) transcribed into’bandwagon’ and off he went screeching about the need for another Inquiry.

    In fact he was screeching so loud he couldn’t hear brown and balls yelling at him in the background , telling him to shut up, as an Inquiry would find they’d helped to cook up the whole nasty business.

  12. 12
    Sandra says:

    What is it with the Lib Dems & the ballot box?

    How can asking the people be horribly irrelevant?

    Clegg is the same – calling democracy “populist”.

    The EU gravy train & job creation scheme for failed UL politicans like the Kinnocks is over.

    By the ballot box or the bomb we want out – & if we are denied democracy then they must surely know we will have to take the power back from them by firce of arms?

  13. 13
    Reason says:

    To be fair, there was some fairly major shit that went down inbetween that made it a bit less of a priority. It’s not really fair to use the quote unless you say why he thought it was now irrelevant.

  14. 14
    Sandra says:

    UK & Force – bloody crypto socislist Cable makes me seeth.

  15. 15
    Anonymous says:

    I don’t think Cam would get away with that move Nell. the Law of Un-intended Consequences would rear it’s ugly head.

  16. 16
    V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

    The eeeuuu is seen as a career move for failed and incompetent politicians. The more useless and washed-up you are the better you do in Europe, look at the Kinnocks! This is why I don’t believe any of the political class will ever agree to an in-out referendum, there’s too much gravy to lose.

  17. 17
    Cleggie says:

    I have more toys still in the pram

  18. 18
    Vince Cable says:

    Here’s what I’m saying now:

  19. 19
    Anonymous says:

    Good idea Sandra;we could call it “The British Spring” . Problem is it would probably end up like the “Arab Spring” & replace one lot of cr*p leaders with another lot of cr*p leaders.

  20. 20
    50 Calibre says:

    It’s about time this half-arsed coalition was dumped.

    The limp-wristed libdems have lost whatever credibility they ever had amongst the electorate, Miliband Minimus and his thug-buddy running mate Balls-up are practically unelectable and Dave ought to put real Conservatism to the test with a few well chosen key points for the electorate to consider and, more importantly, a clearly defined time-related action plan to deliver on the promises being offered. No ifs, no buts, just clear and deliverable objectives. If Dave shirks on this, he will get the push at the next election and there will be a mass exodus of everyone with half a brain afterwards as the reality of Unite running the country starts to sink in.

    Glad I left the UK all those years ago…

  21. 21
    Graham Swift says:

    Janus Cable just like the rest of the Westminster scum. Carrying on as before , lining their pockets at our expense , sticking up two fingers to tge electorate. Time for our own ‘ arab spring ‘.

  22. 22
    Graham Swift says:

    HoC should be renamed HoCW : House of Crooks and Wankers.

  23. 23
    Hallo sailors says:

    Agree. Time this cable was paid out…

  24. 24
    David B says:

    Not unlike a dog for Christmas, a referendum is just for a general election

  25. 25

    LIb Dem MP spins like a weather-cock. What’s news-worthy about that?

  26. 26

    Hell hath no fury like a LibDem scorned.

  27. 27

    Err….. Dave is not a Conservative. That’s why he’s at war with most of the Parliamentary party and nearly all of the Voluntary Party.

  28. 28
    o cromwell says:

    St Vince presided over Shell forecasting when it overstated its reserves a hundred fold, predicted 7 of the last 3 recessions and comproised his poision as a minister by bragging to under cover journalists. Why does anyone, other than the BBC of course, take him seriously?

  29. 29
    Four-eyed English Genius says:

    I used to be indecisive, but now I am not so sure!

  30. 30

    Guido “A LibDem abandoning their principles once they’ve entered the corridors of power – fancy that…”

    Such are the responibilities of power, for power does corrupt, which is why those who enter positions of power should be esotericly aware (ie know themselves).

    Yes you can explain it away with the practical realities of politics today, but those realities are only there because good men forgot and allowed darkness to penetrate.

    Then again he may simply have gained more experience, info, and was mature enough to be able to change his mind based on new evidince.

  31. 31
    Backwoodsman says:

    Cameron should sack the silly old fucker and say in his dismissal letter that he was being sacked for being a silly old fucker.

  32. 32
    Anonymous says:

    Hey, go easy on the crypto bit.

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    Does anybody listen to what this silly old fool says?

  34. 34
    M says:

    lets face it no politician is gonna let the plebes vote them out of EU , their birth right to an unaccounterble fat salary , pension and expenses for life .
    Remember all the parties are all in it together .

    Be honest if you are coining it like MPs are
    Would you let someone else vote it all down the pan

    It’s the political equivalent of the “champions league”

    Vince is just hedging his bets so of it turnsto shit he can lay claim to some
    Soothsaying credentials .

    Hope that clarified everything .

  35. 35
    Anonymous says:

    Forgive me, I hadn’t noticed you’d left. Remind us of your essential contribution to the common good, to the essense of Englishness. Are you R J Mitchell or A P Herbert?

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    No, they read what you type, darling.

  37. 37
    Nogbad the Bad says:

    S.E. was that a deliberate typo, as in-

    Evidence-that which is used to demonstrate the truth of an assertion.

    Evidince-that which Vince deliberately misrepresents to further his own agenda.

  38. 38
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    what clegg and cable are really shitting themselves over is that they may have to close down the EU jobcentre in limpdem HQ

  39. 39
    Dave says:

    Clegg has a EU pension which will be withdrawn should he ever speak up against the EU. So has Mandy. So has Windbag Kinnock.
    All this talking won’t change that. These c*nts won’t allow anything to scupper their pensions. Nothing to see here. Move on.

  40. 40
    Saint Vince of Cable says:

    I am the luvvy of the bbc so I can change my mind to meet their agenda time after time after time.
    I am an old man in a hurry for a Sir Sainthood and will be in the future Labour government unless Chukka Brick gets my job.
    Hypocrite Moi?
    I am simply a Limp Dim MP wanting a knighthood and a platinum pension. Nothing new about that is there?

  41. 41
    BBC Bring Back Communism says:

    We will help our Labour comrades by spouting out half truths and rumours about the nasty Conservative party so that the half educated British public do not know who to believe. Up the Red Flag.

  42. 42
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    If the person heading the inquiry were anything like Leverson, Bollocks and Brown Stuff would get a very easy ride. Nobody connected with Liebore would be held to blame, let alone investigated by Plod.

  43. 43
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    Isn’t there a clause that only Cam the Sham can boot Tories from the Cabinet, and only Smeg can fire Illiberal Antidemocrats?

  44. 44
    Big Momma says:

    A.J.P Taylor actually

  45. 45
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    When peaceful revolution is made impossible, violent revolution is made inevitable. Ruling classes right across the EU would do well to remember that.

  46. 46
    Big Momma says:

    It is very difficult to withdraw an EU pension.
    Likewise to sacking someone with an EU contract for incompetence where viable evidence has to be gathered for a court of law.
    The EU strategy is to ignore and obstruct those internally that offend them.

  47. 47
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    Isn’t he a schneider who makes suits for magistrates?

  48. 48
    Question says:

    Who’s wikiguido?

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