A Labour Party spokesman destroyed the credibility of the Liberal Democrats with just two words.
Asked for a comment on Vince Cable’s demand for Jeremy Corbyn’s resignation, the spokesman responded: “Vince who?”
Here‘s the Daily Mirror‘s report on what Mr Cable said – in his Liberal Democrat party conference speech: “Vince Cable today demanded Jeremy Corbyn RESIGN in a vicious conference speech attack on the Labour leader and his ‘hard left bootboys’.
“Sir Vince [told] members: ‘He used to be the campaigning backbencher who joined us in opposing the Iraq War and defending civil liberties.
“‘In his new role he has kept his hands clean and his image polished by hiring hard left bootboys and girls to do his dirty work. They do the bullying and the intimidation of colleagues and he claims not to know.
“‘He indulges anti-Semitic bigots and pleads ignorance.”Vince Cable today demanded Jeremy Corbyn RESIGN in a vicious conference speech attack on the Labour leader and his “hard left bootboys”.
“Sir Vince accused Mr Corbyn’s inner circle of until recently being ‘on the Stalinist wing of the microscopic British Communist Party’ with policies ‘more relevant to the steam age than to the digital age’.
“Quoting a Tory attack line, he declared: ‘We do not believe in magic money trees and pots of gold at the end of the rainbow.'”
Westminster news-hacks were quick to contact the Labour press office, seeking an angry response that they could hype up into a row. Instead – well, Owen Bennett of City AM details the response he got:
Labour press office are funny aren't they.
"Are you putting out a response to Vince Cable's speech?"
"Let me ask – HAS ANYONE HEARD OF VINCE CABLE?"
"I'm on deadline, just send me the response."
"We're not putting one out."
— Owen Bennett (@owenjbennett) September 18, 2018
Other Labour representatives were more forthcoming with their opinion about Mr Cable. Many of us are likely to agree with Angela Rayner, who tweeted the following:
Vince Cable today demanded Jeremy Corbyn resign. Vince you and your former leader Nick Clegg have ruined the Lib Dems after backing the Tories in the austerity fuelled coalition which was a disaster, you have reduced the Lib Dems to an empty shell of insignificance. So sad to see pic.twitter.com/UIqYRDh68n
— Angela Rayner (@AngelaRayner) September 18, 2018
The most likely reason for Mr Cable’s outburst was provided by ‘Old Git’:
Vince Cable today confessed his fear that the Lib Dems will never get any more support while Jeremy Corbyn remains Labour leader.
— Old Git (@toooldforit) September 18, 2018
And rightly so.
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