Stephen Tall, co-editor of Lib Dem Voice, has been blogging away at Huffington Post.
Lots of politicians have 20:20 hindsight. Foresight, however, is generally in shorter supply, which explains why Vince Cable is being acclaimed once again, tipped at the age of 69 both as a potential successor to either the 40-something George Osborne as Chancellor and/or the 40-something Nick Clegg as Lib Dem leader. The ‘Septuagenarian Sage of Twickenham’ is enjoying a Second Coming-of-age. Age does not weary him, nor the years condemn. What’s his secret?
Principally, it’s Vince’s tendency to be validated by subsequent events. For years he was a lonely voice worrying away at the ever-increasing spiral of private debt while the rest of the political class blithely ignored his warnings… until The Storm hit the economy in 2007, and he was canonised for his prophesy.
Then his halo slipped.
So will he or won’t he? Stephen concludes:
On the balance of probabilities, I still think Leader Vince an unlikely outcome. But it cannot be ruled-out entirely. If it came to pass, it would be (among other things) a massive irony, for it is Nick Clegg’s breaking of the Lib Dems’ tuition fees pledge which remains – as Iraq was for Tony Blair – the issue that continues to define him for much of the public. Yet who was the architect of that policy U-turn? It’s that man Vince again.
You can read the full article here.
* Mary Reid is the Monday Editor on Lib Dem Voice.