Says he does not expected to be sacked, and has no plans to quit 19th April 2011: Sticking to the criticism of the Prime Minister over immigration issue, Business Secretary Vince Cable has asserted he did not expected to be sacked and had no plans to quit.
Cable has, in fact, warned David Cameron against trying to move him to another post. The business secretary has even bragged he could “double his income” if he returned to the back benches in the Parliament.
Only last week, Cable had blamed Cameron for being “unwise” in making a speech on the need to control immigration. Cable in an interview said he did not regret his comments on the Prime Minister’s speech. He asserted it had been necessary “to say something about the way it was expressed”.
Elaborating, Cable said there was a constant balance to be struck in the coalition “between expressing a collective, agreed view of government while maintaining the identity of our party”.
Cable had commented on Cameron’s speech which was supposed to be on immigration policy. Cameron in his speech had stated that it was time Britain returned to the immigration levels of the 1980s and 1990s. During that time the number of people coming to the UK was in the "tens of thousands, rather than the hundreds of thousands". Cameron later had clarified that his speech on immigration was "moderate, sensible and reasonable".
Criticising Cameron’ statement, the Business Secretary had openly questioned the impact of the cap on foreign entrants on businesses and universities.
In fact, the condemnation by Cable had thrown the coalition into confusion as he had later stated he backed government migration policy.
When Cable was questioned that he did not support his own government’s policy of an annual 20,700 visa cap for non-EU workers then he took a u-turn, saying: “We are completely united behind the immigration policy.”
Cameron’s speech came three weeks before Conservatives and Liberal Democrats face their first major ballot box face-off since joining forces in Government.