Monday, September 29, 2008

Whose Shadow Chancellor?

And another thing...: Vince Cable is no-one’s Shadow Chancellor highlights the way that in recent years the Liberal Democrats have pretended to have a "Shadow Cabinet" and individual posts such as "Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer". As Tom Harris rightly points out there is no such thing as the "Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet" just as there is no such thing as the "Conservative Shadow Cabinet". It is the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet, just as David Cameron is the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition, which encompasses all the opposition parties.

I particularly like this comment:

Vince Cable is the Liberals’ Treasury or economic spokesman, but he’s certainly not anyone’s Shadow Chancellor. If he were, then that makes Bob Spink UKIP’s Shadow Chancellor, Shadow Transport Secretary and Leader of the UKIP Opposition. Which would be just as (but no more) silly.
There may have been many Anti-Popes throughout history but that didn't make any of them a Pope. Just as the Anti-Shadow Cabinet is not a Shadow Cabinet.

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