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Breaking news: Vince rules himself out as next Speaker

May 19th, 2009 Posted in UK Politics by

Vince Cable has just  ruled himself out as next Speaker. Pity, in my humble opinion.

7 Responses to “Breaking news: Vince rules himself out as next Speaker”

  1. Niklas Smith Says:

    On the contrary, it would be a pity if the Lib Dems and the country lost his talents as a frontbencher – I’d rather he was an economic prophet than a man in tights.

  2. Andy Says:

    Completely agree with the above comment. For purely selfish reasons as a Lib Dem member Cable should be carry in his current role.

  3. Wayne Lawrence Says:

    Agree with the first two comments. We need St Vince on the front bench. (But it would be good to get a speaker of his integrity too)

  4. Mark Littlewood Says:

    Tricky one. From a narrow partisan perspective, Vince is obviously a huge asset to the LD frontbench. But…the next Speaker is going to be a person of crushing importance and influence in the months ahead – with a real opportunity to change the way Westminster works. That’s not something to turn down lightly, even at the price of losing an A-list spokesman.

    It’s hard to think of anyone who comes close to touching Vince in terms of the respect and esteem in which he is held on all sides of the House and by the public at large.

  5. Angela Harbutt Says:

    I agree that this is tricky – in an ideal world he would swoop in – raise his huge profile even more – sort out the problem – then rejoin the ranks when parliament is dissolved. But i guess we dont live in an ideal world. In which case I think a lib dem or inde is probably the most likely choice and i for one would like to see Ming Campbell in the job – i just feel the scatter cushions did for him- which is a huge shame as he has integrity,cross-party respect and a very sharp legal mind.

  6. Dave Atherton Says:

    This appeared on my smoking website from a solicitor who is keen on constitutional matters, it’s a worry.

    “I have just come off the phone to a QC. He concurs that what we are seeing today is just a tip of the iceberg of a Constitutional crisis.
    You cannot have MP’s who are committing fraud on a grand scale making laws for the rest of us. The expenses scandal will undoubtedly require criminal prosecution of the offenders and if found guilty they will be barred from holding public office. I am advised that a private prosecution is pending.

    An early general election now looks mopre likely.

    In September last year I wrote an article, which was heavily criticised at the time: NuLabour: Courting a Constitutional Crisis. Perhaps it should now be revisitied in the light of recent events!!

    The last time a speaker was forced out of office was in Sir John Trevor. He was sacked for taking a bribe. Sir John was speaker of the House from 1689 to 1695. In fact, he was removed twice.

    His downfall came when, on 7 March 1695, he was found guilty of accepting a bribe of 1000 guineas from the City of London. (They were trying to secure the passage of an Orphans’ Bill through the house which sounds good, except for the fact it was all about the City getting money from the government for the care of the orphans and a few other debts).

    Things seem to have changed very little.”

  7. Angelina Marx Says:

    Totally agree with Niklas Smith. We need Vince as Chancellor.