Politics Where's Vince gone? Former star disappears from website and pulls out of appearance with Clegg. Print HTML At the start of the election campaign, it seemed that it would take surgery to remove Vince Cable from Nick Clegg's side. The pair were pictured together on the front of the party's battle bus and the Lib Dems' website. And around the country, as if the Lib Dems feared leaving their young leader alone, the Tiggerish Clegg was forever trailed by the Eeyore-like Cable. Such was the latter's prominence at the party's manifesto launch that commentators cruelly asked: "who's that bloke standing alongside Vince Cable?". But all that changed on Thursday when Clegg emerged victorious from the first TV debate and the Lib Dems' poll ratings went supernova. Then, over the weekend, Cable suddenly disappeared from the party's homepage, replaced by a giant picture of "the most popular leader since Churchill". Even more curiously, Cable pulled out of a scheduled appearance with Clegg at Cardiff University today, prompting howls of disappointment from students hoping to quiz the party's economic guru. As he retreats to nurse his bruised ego, Cable may well consider the possibility that his woes began when he chose to compare himself to that well-known socialite "The Elephant Man". Follow the New Statesman team on Facebook. › Culture Vulture: reviews round-up George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. 12 issues for £12 Subscribe More Related articles Banishing safe seats, and other proposals to bridge the democratic divide No, Jeremy Corbyn is not antisemitic – but the left should be wary of who he calls friends Can power-sharing in Northern Ireland be saved?