Vince Cable's been naughty... with a gun

Written by James Millar on 21 July 2017 in Diary

Cable spent his first day as Lib Dem leader talking up comparisons to Emmanuel Macron despite being neither French nor young

Newly installed Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable has confessed to a suburban gun rampage in his youth. Asked the now traditional question about the naughtiest thing he'd ever done he trumped Theresa May's admission that she'd once run through a wheat field by claiming to have shot at his neighbour's house.

The incident happened when he was about 10. He recounted how he and a friend had got hold of an air rifle and played at being World War Two snipers shooting at their neighbours' windows. 74-year-old Cable was born during the war.

However unlike Theresa May who only faced an 'unhappy farmer' for her misdemeanour the young Sir Vince felt the full force of the law. He claimed that police turned up at his door and he was hauled off to the police station to explain his behaviour, getting away with just a warning.

Cable, who assumed leadership of the Lib Dems yesterday after none of the party's other MPs chose to challenge him, has been touring the TV and radio studios today. He has been trying to talk up comparisons with young French president Emmanuel Macron. He claimed that he can offer "exactly the formula" that Macron does is an effort to seize the centre ground of politics. Cable told BBC Breakfast that Macron had been his opposite number across the Channel when he had been business secretary in the coalition government and that the pair had a "very similar approach".

And he rejected questions about his age by pointing to the fact Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn are of a similar vintage. "Novelty for its own sake seems to me to have little merit," he said.



PIcture credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/PA Images

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