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(not satire – it’s the Lib Dems!)

Don’t be fooled by Vince Cable.

There’s nothing cuddly about him at all.

Not long after his party formed the coalition with the Tories – Vince went on record as saying that the government should cut the NHS to fund other ‘more essential’ spending:

Vince Cable and Liam Fox unite on need for NHS cuts

Vince also agreed with Tory chancellor George Osborne about the need to hand tax cuts to the rich at a time when the rest of us were being told we all needed a good dose of extreme austerity:

Cable confirms ending of 50p tax rate

This should come as no surprise to anyone – because when you look into his past there’s nothing in the least bit cuddly about Vince there either.

For example, Vince was Chief Economist for very, very uncuddly Royal Dutch Shell from 1995 to 1997.

Numerous independent organisations from Greenpeace to Amnesty International have criticised Shell for everything from disregarding human rights abuses to endangering the environment.

And during the time Vince worked at Shell, a group of nine activists from the Ogoni region of Nigeria –  including outspoken author and playwright Ken Saro-Wiwa – were executed by hanging by the military dictator General Sani Abacha.

In 2009, Vince’s company agreed an out-of-court settlement in which they paid the victims’ families $15.5m, rather than face a New York Federal court accusing Shell of collusion in the hangings.

In fact, considering Vince Cable’s dodgy past, being associated with the present government – as nasty as it is – must be a positive walk in the park for him.

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