Was the Telegraph wrong to deceive Vince Cable, and other Lib Dem MPs to get quotes, or was it fair game and in the public interest?
Its a very interesting question, because on the face of it, i think the Telegraph journalists were bang out of order and they should not be doing such things.
Why on earth would Vince Cable unload himself onto two constituents that he did not know? If it was constituents or party members he know and was overheard, then that would be more forgivable, but this just seems an odd thing to do. It was either very clever questioning, or Vince’s ego was working overtime.
He has got off very lightly, as far as punishments go, maybe proving that he was right that he is the Nuclear warhead tot he coalition of he goes. Cameron has been quite “open” saying that this shows that the coalition os working, IE that there is discussion and disagreement but they still deliver. However I bet in private that the Prime Minister had a few choice words with his Deputy PM over this.
The winner has been the Murdoch empire, who can almost be guaranteed their growth in BSkyB, becuase if they are blocked, then they get to cry foul.
So, the Telegraph played dirty and on principle, I think that was wrong. Their excuse is “public interest” and unfortunately they have been proven right. Everyone can cry foul, but Vince could have kept his mouth shut and ego in check.
- Vince Cable: stays in Cabinet, responsibility for takeover ruling moves (libdemvoice.org)
- Vince Cable Loses Out In News Corp ‘War’ (news.sky.com)
- Nick Clegg: ‘Vince Cable is right to be embarrassed’ (independent.co.uk)