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By Prospect   January 2010

OVERRATED

Vince Cable

Vince is a master of the pithy soundbite. But opinions are cheap. The real test is when one has to take decisions. Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling stared down the barrel of a gun and, at least for the 24 hours when they nationalised the banks, delivered. Vince’s test came when he published his instant book on the financial crisis, The Storm. He was found wanting. The final section, “The Future, A Road Map,” is no such thing, just a piece of flimflam. We love you, Vince, but let’s not overdo it.

Peter Bazalgette, television producer

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