Vince Cable: Tories Waging 'Economic Jihad'
Vince Cable has accused right-wing Conservatives of waging "idealogical jihad" on public spending and warned that the Liberal Democrats would block efforts to implement some cuts.
Speaking at a fringe event on the eve of the party's spring conference in Brighton, the Business Secretary also warned that Tory efforts to reduce immigration were "causing a great deal of harm to the economy".
He said: "What we have to make absolutely clear is that there is a difference between managing public spending, controlling public spending in that context - having that financial discipline - and the kind of thing that a lot of right-wing Conservatives are wishing for, which is a kind of British Tea Party.
"A kind of ideological jihad against public spending and public services."
Kicking-off the gathering on Friday, party leader Nick Clegg denied the Lib Dems were in crisis in the wake of sexual harassment allegations and the conviction of ex-Cabinet minister Chris Huhne.
But the Deputy Prime Minister did admit the party had recently "let people down" and needed to take a "long, hard look in the mirror".
He said: "No doubt you will be aware of the recent allegations that have been made about sexual harassment in our party.
"When concerns were brought to the attention of members of my team we acted to address them.
"But this should not have just been the responsibility of a few individuals acting with the best of intentions.
"It must be the responsibility of the party as a whole to make sure we have the processes and support structures in place now and in the future.
"We didn't, and as a result we let people down. Liberal Democrats, that is not acceptable to me."
Delegates gave disgraced former Energy and Climate Change Secretary Huhne a round of applause after Baroness Shirley Williams praised his record as a constituency MP.
She described as "domestic tragedy" the situation of Huhne and Vicky Pryce, his ex-wife, who was found guilty of perverting the course of justice after she took speeding points on his behalf.
"We can only say of them that this is a tragedy that sometimes overcomes people; not least those in public life," she told the conference.
The party is bracing itself for showdowns with activists next week over so-called secret courts legislation and the coalition's economic strategy.
Labour has also challenged Mr Clegg to break coalition ranks by supporting the introduction of a mansion tax - long favoured by Lib Dems - in a Commons vote next week.
what do you think?
This man should retire or seek alternate employment - maybe most of them should come to think of it
WLU could this really be ' a goodbye' whilst already 2 people give the thumbs down (with the usual absence of any constructive comment). I do agree these people demonstrate the ignorance every time they open their mouths trouble is they are ring fenced so never see the real world and have never worked in it.
Vince Cable is often the only sane voice in Government.
I think you meant to say INsane!
John we talking about the same person?
No. He's not. He sold his principles just like Clegg. And just like Clegg he now has zero credibility. Unlike Clegg he has realised the Fib Dems are doomed and he is desperately trying to put some distance between himself, Clegg and the Tories.
Your having a laugh.
Agree with you John - he`s the only one who speaks anything near the truth, not like all the other liars and spinners.
he is a proven liar, on many occassions.
He is one of the few LibDems, with the guts to speak out about the policies and he was removed from a post when he spoke out about News International and he was right then too.
there is a house and job shortage and he wants to let more in. but not near where he lives i suppose
Bazil you forgot they also want to drive out everyone with any wealth so their utopia is a country full of poor immigrants and no wealthy people to invest in it - make sense after a few drinks 'MAYBE'
Well I guess you two will be staying then x
Why Ali you leaving?
Should have been kicked out when he got conned by two lpretty girl reporters when his ego got the better of him.
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Drip by drip the coalition is falling apart.
yawn, been reading comments like this for three years. HELLOOO !....still there.
Jihad? What is jihad? is that Queens English?
its arabic i think. as mick says it means holy war. as usual with cable it is an entirely uneccessary and over the top term. the man just loves doing the bug eyed outrage bit.
Mick, With respect, I think it safe to say that Peggy was being sarcastic. Most people are only too aware of what the word "Jihad" means. However, given the death and destruction caused by the practitioners of Jihad all over the world, it is perhaps an unfortunate choice of words by a Government Minister. He really should know better....................
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Rajvinder, You are entitled to your opinion, as I am to mine. However, please have the decency to explain, why am I wrong??
Too little too late the libs have say balc and let them make a mess of things whilst they revelled in their power
anyone listen to this man speaking recently should wonder about the state of his mind
Vince Cable is the only straight talking MP that can be trusted, the only one who tells it like it is and doesn`t lie, lie, lie and spin, spin, spin, but goodness knows what he means by `Tories efforts to reduce immigration are causing harm to the economy`. I`m hoping he`s meaning that the Tories aren`t doing enough to reduce immigration.
No, he means exactly what he says. Immigrants, contrary to common belief, are net contributors to the state purse - i.e. they pay more in tax and NI than they receive in benefits. They also plug many skils gaps, particularly, in medicine, dentistry, veterinary surgery, IT, education and certain unskilled jobs that Brits refuse to do.
But there you have just hit the nail squarely on the head Mick. They do unskilled work that Brits refuse to do.... Its absolute insanity to allow people to refuse to do work that is available and instead drain money from the state. If people are able to work and their is work available then they should only have one choice,work and get paid for that work or get absolutely nothing.
The majority of the politicians elected today have their own vested interest at the centre of what they say. If you borrow money you have to pay it back. Only borrow what you can afford to pay back. If you are struggling to pay back what you owe, you have to cut out any expense you do not need. For the UK we need to get to a position where private enterprise can flourish and provide employment to those able to work and pay enough tax to support those who can't. The UK could be massively successful if governments would only minimise tax and have employment laws that allow business security. Vince Cable is an idealist, not a realist!
Here, here, Charles. Beautifully put.
You will work when I tell you, you will go on holiday when I tell you, not much on this month go home, oops forgot to say no wages though. What do you mean you've got a broken leg, if you don't come in for work your fired, its only one hand the machine chopped off, you've still got the other one, oh by the way I cant employ you now you're no good to me with one hand, what do you mean do I get compensation? Yeh lets get back to the halcyon days of hire and fire at will and grind them into the ground. Employers should be boycotting countries and businesses that are not prepared to play on a level playing field, instead of looking to a race to the bottom when it comes to employment law.
Spot on John, there are some who would have us return to Dickensian times. They have no respect for quality of life or the well being of their fellow humans, so long as they can hoard more and more money, everything else is insignificant.
Mr Cable is limited but who would'nt be in his situation with the tories and puppy nick
What a hypocrite. Vince Cable seems to forget that he is part of a Coalition government,any economic policies that are being put through are a result of both Conservative and LibDem policies. He cannot just pass the buck and say its all those "nasty Tories" faults. If he disagrees with the policies then should have some conviction and resign his ministerial post. Something tells me the pay,perks and status are more important to him than his principles. Idiot.
The Liberal Democrats have no chance whatsoever of forming a Government so whatever Vince Cable may state it is merely academic.
The LibDems prove time and again that they are not cut out for government. The British tradition is one of collective Cabinet responsibility, yet Cable and others behave as if they were the Opposition - perhaps they are. All in all,this is a terriblegovernment and must have a record number of people in it without experience of the real world. Toomany went straight from university into politics. Like many of you, I doubt Cable's sanity.