James Forsyth

Will Cable be able to resist?

Will Cable be able to resist?
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There is still something magnificent about a Times editorial. Few other forms of British journalism carry with them the same weight, the same gravity, as a leader from the Thunderer. So, I wonder if Vince Cable hesitated this morning as he read today’s calling for him to be the next Speaker.

Cable is not a man without vanity and he must know that, being a Liberal Democrat, the Speakership is the highest office realistically available to him. The history books will not likely remember the shadow shadow Chancellor, but might well celebrate the Speaker who restored the Commons’ dignity.

Personally, I think Frank Field would probably be the best choice. But Cable is the only candidate who by merely being dragged to the chair would boost the public’s respect for Parliament. Cable is well enough known and respected that his elevation would have an instant effect.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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