On Ed Miliband and Vince Cable
Here’s a couple of stories that have caught my eye lately.
In what is perhaps a sign that a leopard can’t change its spots, the BBC reports that the leader of the Labour Party is hoping to gain the power to appoint his Shadow Cabinet, rather than leaving it to members of the Parliamentary Party. Ed Miliband, it seems, enjoys centralisation as much in opposition as his government did in power.
In another story about Mr Miliband, a clip has been broadcast by the BBC showing him giving virtually identical answers to six different questions asked at a pool interview of journalists. At least no one can accuse the man of being under-prepared.
Finally in The Guardian, there are reports that Vince Cable and Phillip Hammond, the Secretaries of State for Business and Transport respectively, have written to the Prime Minister in a thinly-veiled attack on the awarding of a 3bn pound train construction contract to a German rather than domestic supplier. It is amazing to note how when in power special interests have an inexorable pull on politicians, no matter the colour of their stripes – in Mr Cable’s The Storm, he spoke out strongly against protectionism as being like “shooting [yourself] in the foot”. “Do as I say, not as I do”, eh, Vince?