TO the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House last night, for the annual Trade and Industry Dinner. The Lord Mayor Roger Gifford and business secretary Vince Cable addressed industry guests including Rio Tinto boss Sam Walsh, Marks & Spencer chairman Robert Swannell, HSBC chairman Douglas Flint and guest star the economic development minister for Kazakhstan Kairat Kelimbetov who was introduced to a round of thundering applause.
Just a day after going head-to-head with the PM by suggesting he splashes more borrowed cash on infrastructure, Cable seemed keen to improve tensions in the coalition government. He pointed out unemployment was going down, adding optimistically that “there are good things incubating in the UK.”
Maybe Cable’s just trying to appease David Cameron and ensure he keeps his role as business secretary. For talking ominously of longevity, Cable admitted that really he was happy just to be there, telling guests he was delighted to have made it back for the annual dinner last night and that “in my job three years is a very long career.”
If Cameron does decide to reshuffle Cable, he could always turn to his dancing talents, as Gifford pointed out: “Bruce Forsyth described you and your dance partner as the perfect coalition.