This counts as a real row
The sun's shining even more brightly in Bournemouth today but the clouds are gathering over the Lib Dem conference.
Yesterday I reported that some Lib Dem policy initiatives had a tendency to unravel -- and that's been the case with a vengeance over the party's new plan for a levy on homes worth more than £1m.
This policy has caused so much internal resentment that it's even dented Vince the Cable's halo.
Yesterday he unveiled his new mansion tax, supposedly on millionaires' homes. This morning leading Lib Dems rounded on him in a private meeting, complaining that they hadn't been consulted.
One MP complained the policy was "complete codswallop", another called it "suicidal" and a third said Mr Cable had been "seriously damaged" by not consulting them. "At the very least," one MP told Mr Cable "we deserved the courtesy to be informed first." By the normally placid standards of the Lib Dems this counts as a real row.
Last night Norman Lamb, the party's health spokesman, told us on air that he had not been in the loop as regards this policy.
This morning we learn that Julia Goldsworthy also didn't know about it, even though she's the communities and local government spokesperson -- and nominally in charge of local taxation.
There's real anger here about the way the policy was sprung on the conference -- and some don't even like the policy.
One consequence is that the unthinkable has happened: Vince the Cable is being criticised by the party faithful.
Yes, his halo really has slipped.
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