Though the move has been expected since October, Nick Clegg is due to officially sack Vince Cable as the Lib Dems’ economy spokesman tomorrow.
“That team Clegg feel confident enough to not make him their Shadow Chancellor indicates they believe this Lib Dem big beast may have been tamed once and for all.
Indeed. Thanks to Political Scrapbook, the business secretary is currently waiting on the outcome of a standards investigation into his failure — along with aide Tessa Munt — to declare more than £8,000 in private polling received during a botched coup plot against, errr, Nick Clegg.
The move, effectively a mini election reshuffle, may leave some wondering why HMT chief secretary Danny Alexander wasn’t already the party’s economics spokesman.
Still, it will be good to see Danny Alexander free to speak his mind …
… after doing exactly what George Osborne told him for five years.