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Interview: Vince Cable

The Lib Dem minister would have preferred to govern without George Osborne. He talks to James Macintyre about coalition rifts over tax, banking and Europe

By James Macintyre   November 2011

A lonely figure in the government? The secretary of state for business reads through notes at the Lib Dem conference

Vince Cable takes a deep breath, and pauses. “Let’s just say I’ve warmed to him,” he responds eventually. Speaking to Prospect in his massive office—almost the length of a tennis court—at the department for business, innovation and skills on Victoria Street, Cable is diplomatic when asked if he likes George Osborne. He did, after all, “spend 30-odd years fighting the Tories.” He says of the chancellor, his boss: “Our relationship is professional rather than a personal friendship. But I’ve certainly…

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