"A lot of it is already Lib Dem policy, a lot of it already is, the rest of it will have to be considered and we’ll go into an election with a manifesto, we have a due process. Maybe because of who I am a lot of it will be there, but some of it may not be, it has to be agreed with my colleagues of course."
As James said earlier this week, it's amazing just how much latitude Cable gets. Effectively, what he's admitting above is that he can make policy proposals which aren't official Lib Dem policy; that Brand Cable sometimes comes before the party. Can you imagine if Alistair Darling and George Osborne admitted the same?
Elsewhere in the interview, Cable also says that he was wrong to support the merger of Lloyds TSB and HBOS last year. As he puts it: "My first reaction was not the right one". Woah. Careful there, Vince – you don't want to contaminate the brand.