Did you see Vince Cable interviewed on television last night about his new appointment?
The deft, witty, always in command Vince looked like a man putting on a very brave act.
He stumbled for words. His posture was resigned.
Of course we now know he’d been appointed to be responsible for banking – to find George Osborne would not be letting him do the job.
If Vince was ever convinced of the merits of being a ConDem it was already clear he knew he’d been shafted.
He’s just the first to come to that realisation – and that there’s no way out for his party.
There will be a bloodbath soon. There is just no way most Lib Dems will pout up with this: they’ve been sold out by Clegg, Laws and the other free-market fundamentalists in their ranks.
I predict a split soon.
We got so close to PR. And now, maybe, two party politics might be restored. I do at least hope Vince has the courage to take his people back into a genuine third party.