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Vince Cable: It’s so long since he was newsworthy, this is the most recent image of him that I have. One can imagine him going into Downing Street in this hat and scarf in an attempt to be incognito.

In a perverse way, it seems we should be grateful to Vince Cable for clarifying the Brexit mess.

We had been let to believe that Theresa May was determined to force vote after vote on her Brexit deal, in an attempt to wear down MPs who hate it – and that Jeremy Corbyn would table motions of “no confidence” every time she lost: Brexit limbo.

Mr Cable has stepped in to break this deadlock, as Evolve Politics revealed:

So once again the Liberal Democrats are propping up a Conservative government. Does that remind you of anything?

But this raises a hugely relevant question about the Liberal Democrats. As the self-styled “Party of Remain”, isn’t it a huge contradiction for them to be supporting the enactors of Brexit?

This discrepancy was picked up by the Twitterati:

And Helena Bowie tweeted: “Just proves what I’ve been thinking since the coalition. You would think they would have learnt after getting wiped out.”

Then it was suggested that Mr Cable may be trying to force Labour into supporting a second referendum:

Of course, the so-called “People’s Vote” is a trap for Labour. The party’s policy is to push for a general election but, failing that, to support a second referendum (if I recall correctly). So if Mrs May announces another plebiscite, then Labour will support it. There’s no need to propose one directly, and in fact that would harm Labour’s electoral chances:

As it is, it seems Mr Cable has sealed electoral doom – not for Labour, but for his own party. And he didn’t even get a bung out of it:

Last word on this goes to Mark Adkins:

“Does Vince Cable really miss the smell of a brand new ministerial car that much?” Well put! Especially as it seems he really does.

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