The Tories are very disappointed that the Jackgate WATO (World at One) thing-e-me hasn't taken off. Here is Chatterbox on the Iain Dale's Diary comments board:
Right we have now got a Libdem criticising Ming so where is the big headline splash on the Beeb? Oh, if its not someone slagging off Cameron then it is not news? Balance is all I ask, if it was important to highlight this sort of thing in the Tory ranks yesterday despite real concerns about the grounds for the criticism, why is it a non story for the Libdems today?
In fact, the story was on BBC News online. The reason it was a non-story is because Vince Cable handled it correctly and metaphorically applied the fire extinguisher to the story.
Iain Dale has compared Linda Jack to Ali Miraj. There's a crucial difference. While Vince Cable very skilfully killed the Linda Jack story by playing it down and refusing to accept the assumptions presented to him on WATO, Cameron poured petrol on the Ali Miraj fire. He accepted the assumptions presented to him on Today and attacked Ali Miraj, Lord Kalms and Graham Brady - thus giving the story oxygen, while further winding up a formidable band of malcontents in the process.
That's because Vince Cable is a wise old bird and Cameron is an inexperienced novice.