Back in January, Vince Cable was forced to apologise after Scrapbook provided the parliamentary standards watchdog with evidence that the then cabinet minister had failed to declare a donation of £6,000 in private polling commissioned during a botched coup against Nick Clegg.
As this blog revealed at the time, a transcript of the standards commissioner’s interview with Cable brought a touch of comedy to proceedings, exposing his special adviser’s lame attempt to insulate him from responsibility by claiming the polling had not actually been emailed to Cable — but his wife instead.
SpAd: Can I suggest two other questions? Vince, do you have access to [your wife’s] email account?
Cable: No I don’t.
But who — according to the Guardian’s 6,000-word dissection of the Lib Dem’s electoral disaster — actually contrived this bizarre arrangement?
[Cable ally and polling donor Lord] Oakeshott followed up the email [to Cable’s wife] with a text to Cable himself … explaining that Cable’s special adviser had “asked me to forward the poll to your wife”.
As ever, it’s not the crime that gets you, it’s the [utterly incompetent] cover-up.