There are wild rumours swirling around that Vince Cable is finally going to reign out of pique that a British PM would dare to to what his people wanted and protect their interests. Apparently that is beyond the pale for Cable. We don't matter only his love for the unelected EU.
Any road up Cable is said to be resigning.
Personally I doubt he'll go as the thrill of power is addictive and this minor ministerial position is the only sniff he'll get of any real power.
However since Cable bragged to attractive women journalists that can trigger a nuclear option and bring the government down if he decides to leave what happens when no one notices?
And that's the thing. If you build your self image on your power to destroy a government and nothing happens when you trigger your bomb what do you do?
If Cable leaves, which I seriously doubt he will, the government isn't going to fall. The Lib-Dems would be slaughtered in the election such a move would cause. The Tories would do well out of an early election as their veto is popular. Labour would be thrown as anti-EU feeling may work against them. UKIP should do very well as they are overtaking the Lib-Dems in all the polls.
The next government may even by Tory/UKIP. The Lib-Dems would be the bloody corpse still twitching in the wreckage.
So the Lib-Dems won't collapse the government. More than that their weakness may reduce their influence in government. Cable cannot undermine his own party as destroying the Lib-Dems by splits wouldn't make him popular with his own party.
What happens if Cable triggers his much vaunted nuclear option to destroy the government and no one notices and the government survives?
It'll be fun to see his Cable deals with being an irrelevance.
Cable isn't that old but he has the mentality of a silly old fool.