So this is the reality of coalition government. The Telegraph catches Vince Cable saying the following:
Asked about his influence in the government, he reportedly said he was prepared to use the “nuclear option” and resign, if he was pushed too hard.
Mr Cable was recorded saying: “I have a nuclear option; it’s like fighting a war.
“They know I have nuclear weapons, but I don’t have any conventional weapons.
“If they push me too far then I can walk out and bring the government down and they know that.
“So it is a question of how you use that intelligently without getting involved in a war that destroys all of us.
He goes on to say:
“That is quite a difficult position to be in and I am picking my fights. Some of which you may have seen.”
And apparently agrees with both Anthony Rawnsley, myself and – by now – the cat’s mother about the nature of this “Maoist revolution”:
The business secretary also reportedly criticised the speed at which the coalition was trying to push through changes in the health service, local government and other areas, which he described as a “kind of Maoist revolution” and said it was “in danger of getting out of control”
“We are trying to do too many things, actually,” he said.
“Some of them are Lib Dem inspired, but a lot of it is Tory inspired. The problem is not that they are Tory-inspired, but that they haven’t thought them through. We should be putting a brake on it.”
Perhaps, at this juncture, we should remind ourselves of the regime change that the Iraq War wrought and its unhappy aftermath and lack of planning to understand fully the implications of what Cable is saying here.
Meanwhile, it is clear that this is not the adult conversation between peers that Cameron promised us in the Rose Garden all those months ago but, rather, a tawdry, squalid and bare-faced attempt to impose on the British people something entirely unnatural to its sense of moral and natural justice.
Cameron needs to be kicked out – and the sooner, the better – precisely because he is aiming to destroy the very fabric of our nation, created and weaved over generations.
And precisely because he is aiming to do so without caring too deeply about what replaces it.
He is no patriot. Quite the opposite, he is an anti-patriot.
Our sense of moral and natural justice – not his – stands aghast as it observes the transforming zeal of a man who is quite clearly on a hiding to nothing. And we are too good to know what we must do.
Update to this post: we suddenly discover, via what I presume must be a whistleblower within the Telegraph, that Vince Cable also mentioned Rupert Murdoch in his candid statements. For some reason, however, the paper chose not to disclose the content of these references when it published the supposedly “full” transcript this morning. For a rather more complete background to the unvarnished truth and its implications, Robert Peston has now published the details here. And the BBC has obtained a copy of the original sound recording which you can find below.