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Vince Cable: Osborne is cynical but will be next prime minister

Former business secretary gives verdict on chancellor, David Cameron and what the Lib Dems got wrong on tuition fees

Vince Cable, the former business secretary, will single out George Osborne as “extremely shrewd politically, very cynical” and ready to let his Treasury advisers intimidate government departments such as the Department of Work and Pensions.

In an interview with the Guardian to mark the upcoming release of his book After the Storm, Cable says the chancellor is “engaging, a good listener, and highly intelligent” before adding: “But he focused on political strategy and didn’t really engage with economic stuff – he took that from the Treasury. The economy turned out all right, but I don’t think that was because of him.”

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