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Vince Cable from Euro Loon to Euro Scoundrel

Tom Winnifrith
Monday 15 October 2012

Vince Cable somehow gained a reputation (out of Government) for predicting everything. He did that by (after the event) saying that he had predicted it beforehand. And for a while it worked and it was St Vince this and St Vince that. Until a bit of fact checking rather knocked the spots of that story. And since joining Government he has been an unmitigated disasters getting almost every big call wrong and appearing to be intent on nothing more than scheming his way to the top when Nick Clegg finally gets the order of the boot. So he is not exactly an idol of mine. But today the horrid little man sank to new depths.

Cable has always been a prize Euro loon, claiming that it would be disastrous for Britain not to join even when it was apparent to almost everyone else (outside the BBC and it sister paper the Guardian) that the Euro was falling apart. The Euro is still falling apart and it would, of course, be great news for the people of Europe – if not our political masters – if it did fall apart. And so Dr Cable weighs in with a warning that if it falls apart this could lead to war. In an instant the man has gone from Euro loon to Euro scoundrel.

There is no reason to believe that Europe would go to war if the single currency breaks up. Indeed one might say that the misery and social chaos the Euro is causing makes conflict MORE likely. But i do not make that claim because I can find no hard evidence to back it up. And neither does the scoundrel Cable have any backing for his claim.

The Euro was always depicted as an economic project but it was in fact always a political project. Those who supported it have clearly lost the economic argument and so now they resort to lies and scaremongering to save their political project. Samuel Johnson stated in 1775 that “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” He was I think wrong if referring to our political Lords and Masters. War, or the threat of it, is the last refuge of a political scoundrel.” Cable, aaaaaaaaaaagh. You are a horrid little charlatan.

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Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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