The cult of Cable

by Stephen Tall on December 2, 2007

It’s been hard to avoid acting Lib Dem leader Vince Cable in this weekend’s papers – almost every single look back at Gordon Brown’s latest week from hell has highlighted Vince’s “from Stalin to Mr Bean” gag at last week’s PMQs. There are three feature profiles in:

The Observer: Is it funny? Try it out on Mrs Cable;
The Indy: Cult leader; and
And BBC.co.uk: Lib Dem Cable reveals dance dream.

Lest Vince get too carried away by his transformation from serious-minded anonymity to wise-cracking celebrity, there are those willing to add a dose of perspective:

Paul Owen on The Guardian’s Comment Is Free blog: Elevated Cable: The Lib Dems will thank their shrewd Treasury spokesman for ruling himself out of the party’s leadership race; and Armando Iannucci in The Observer – here’s an excerpt:

In years to come, most of us will remember what we were doing when we first heard acting Lib Dem leader Vince Cable compare Gordon Brown to a comedy character. Certainly, by the end of the week, Cable’s witticism had already been lauded by every political commentator as ‘the Funniest post-Baldwin Gag Ever Uttered in the House of Commons’ and by most newspaper literary editors as ‘Possibly the Single Finest Line Ever Written by a Human Being Since Lincoln At Gettysburg’. There are even plans to reward it later in the week with the presentation of a ‘Special Award for Incomparable Brilliance’ at Wednesday’s British Comedy Awards, while a West End musical version of the line is also being planned.