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Vince Cable vows to fight the 'irrational cult of youth' within politics


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In his Lib Dem leadership bid, Vince Cable has vowed to fight the ‘irrational cult of youth’ in politics.

The 74-year-old former Business Secretary recently declared his intentions to run for leadership following former leader Tim Farron’s resignation in June, and believes that the party would benefit from his age and experience.

Speaking to The Times, Cable claimed: “I think there was an irrational cult of youth in our political cycle. There are occasions when you get some young and exciting politician that is exactly right. Obama was exactly right and you could argue the same of Tony Blair and there are periods of history where that’s the public mood.”

Cable believes his age will be an asset during Britain’s current “sober mood” and that is time for an older leader – Theresa May is 60 while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is 68. “There is now a more sober mood and one that values experience, and there is nothing to stop older people being radical in their views. It’s the mood of the age, where the age you have is much less important than what you feel and what you can do with it.”

He also suggested that if elected leader he would make an attempt to rebrand the party’s image in order to win back voters from the last two general elections, where the Lib Dems have seen a fall in support and seats. “We are a moderate pro-business, pro-enterprise party but also we are committed to the welfare state... The space which we would occupy is potentially enormous.”

However, Cable could alienate younger voters with his recent comments on tuition fees. Speaking on Sophy Ridge on Sunday, he claimed that Labour’s proposal to scrap tuition fees completely would be “very dangerous and stupid.”

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