The answer to that, and a fair few other questions, is to be found in the interview conducted by ShortList with Vince Cable. Here’s a sample:
What’s your relationship like with your opposite numbers?
It’s perfectly cordial. There’s no personal animosity. We’re not close, but if I meet George Osborne in corridor I’ll say hello. It’s pleasantries – no nastiness.
Who do you prefer: Gordon Brown or David Cameron?
Well, I don’t prefer either of them. They’re both very disappointing in differing ways. Brown’s whole reputation was based upon economic competence, yet we’ve had the mother of all busts. Cameron has charm, but where’s the substance? Their economic platform is weak, promising all and sundry they’re going to cut their taxes, but how are they going to pay for it? There’s a basic lack of clarity there that is disturbing a lot of voters.
What do you think of them personally?
I’m not close with them, but they’re perfectly cordial. Brown is easier in private than he is in public and Cameron, similarly, is affable. We have this theatre in Prime Minister’s Questions where we’re hurling abuse backwards and forwards, but the public exchanges don’t reflect the personal relationships.
You can read the full interview here.