Saints are not supposed to have to answer questions, so it's no surprise the beatific Vince Cable spent his first Commons session looking about as comfortable as a stuffed frog.
By Alex Stevenson
Vince Cable has none of the simmering joie de vivre of his predecessor. Had the Lord Mandelson been forced to sit through business questions he would no doubt have gazed imperiously across the benches, letting the little children ask their questions. Cable seemed deeply uncomfortable, like a distracted professor forced to teach instead of read.
Part of the discomfort might have sprung from his alleged reluctance to embrace the coalition's agenda. Shunted away from the Treasury, he has given the impression his elevation to the government has coincided with the rapid onset of an unfortunately located inflammation.
There was no spark of passion as he defended the government.
"I don't pretend the RDAs [Labour's doomed regional development agencies] will not change," he said with resignation.
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