Cable and Balls cosy sofa body language – while Cable is (reportedly) at loggerheads with his Tory minister

There is wall-to-wall Cable in the papers today.

Vince Cable will make a statement in the Commons this afternoon about industrial strategy.

The Telegraph says he will “hold the hand” of certain growth industries and encourage them to have a “Team GB” mentality – Learn from Team GB’s success, Cable tells businesses.

The FT says Cable will light a “red tape bonfire“.

…Whereas the Guardian, (apparently) au contraire, says Cable rebuffs Tory right on dergulation.

There will be no “fire at will” though, says Cable, putting him at loggerheads with his new minister Michael Fallon – Independent – Cable on collision course with Tory ministers.

Sweet-talking Balls tries to woo “Vince” – says the Independent, running with a photo of the two looking very cosy together on the Andrew Marr sofa yesterday.

The thing here is: Ed Balls does everything very deliberately, and quite cleverly. The important thing is not that he is cosying up to Vince, it’s that he is making sure everyone knows that he is cosying up to Vince.

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4 Comments

  • Richard Dean 10th Sep '12 - 6:23pm

    Mystic man, right on! Coca rules! But watch out for Balls – he’s got a reputation! And remember, someday you’ll need to find the words that allow industry to understand what you’re saying.

  • John Carlisle 11th Sep '12 - 9:08am

    Vince is a over a year late with an industrial strategy so it better be damned good.

  • John Carlisle 11th Sep '12 - 6:00pm

    I find it really strange that there are not more than two comments. Is this an indication of the lack of interest in the topic of an industrial strategy for growth et al?

  • Richard Dean 12th Sep '12 - 12:07am

    I agree on the strangeness. What I’ve noticed is that there is often a lot of discussion on LDV about promotions and demotions and that sort of thing, and about issues where people feel that “rights” are being infringed – though often it’s the right to be selfish that contributors seem to defend. There have been lively discussions in the past about the economy, but some of the things that really matter really don’t get much interest at all..

    On the whole I think that LDV itself, and the way it is arranged, gives a rather good impression of a party open to vigorous debate. Some of the articles and some of the discussion is good, but a newcomer is unlikely to be impressed for long, and is perhaps likely to be put off from voting LibDem by some of the contributions. But hey, you’d probably get the same in a open discussion in other parties too.

    This particular artice, about Cable the Apparently Incompetent, doesn’t seem have many hooks in it that the typical LDV contributor can get teeth into. Also, Cable plays the misunderstood genius game rather well, and it seems that quite a lot of LibDems get fooled by this – perhaps they like to feel that way themselves? But hey, you don’t expect real life on the internet do you?

    So, what’s an industrial strategy? 🙂 I imagine it has aims? techniques? rules? technical limitations? costs? dangers? interactions with other strategies? EU involvement?

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