Linked under the title “Invincible?” on BBC Online, Arif Ansari’s profile of Vince Cable reflects that he is proving remarkably successful as acting Liberal Democrat leader:
Gone are the panto-style groans that have greeted previous Lib Dem leaders when they stand to take their turn in the Commons hurly-burly of question time.
Instead this week he brought the House down, with his quip about the “prime minister’s remarkable transformation in the last few weeks from Stalin to Mr Bean, creating chaos out of order rather than order out of chaos”.
It was the kind of ridicule politicians fear, as it might just stick.
Mr Cable reportedly wrote the line himself too.
Add to that his deft handling of questions over the Northern Rock crisis and the privatization of Qinetiq, the former defence research establishment, and it adds up to an impressive period in the hot seat for the unassuming former economist.