Live from Vince’s crowded mantelpiece

We asked you to submit the coronation plans, and you did. Now, to the universal and overwhelming lack of surprise of the entire political world, Vince Cable has won the Channel 4 News Political Impact Award 2009, voted by C4 viewers. C4 has this:

Few politicians can reliably claim to have seen the recession coming, but Vince Cable is one of them.

The housing market bubble and the surge in household debt were among his key battlegrounds long before the credit started to crunch.

The collapse of British banks – and the subsequent recapitalisation process – brought Cable even closer to the forefront.

He was heralded by many for exposing the alleged indecisiveness of both the government and the Tories on economic issues, and crisis management.

Though they’re less convinced about the short-selling debacle:

The ban on short-selling bank stocks was seemingly another political victory for Cable in 2008.

His attacks on hedge funds “hunting in packs” to drive down bank shares appeared in tune with a populist backlash against the “short-selling spivs” deemed responsible for forcing HBOS into a takeover.

See the awards, presented by Jon Snow, on Saturday 14 February at 7pm on C4.

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