Vince Cable has described estate agents as part of an army of “invaders” who must be stopped.
Employing biblical terms while speaking at the Lib Dem conference, he said: “David Cameron says I am the Jeremiah, but you will recall from your reading of the Old Testament that Jeremiah was right.
“He warned Jerusalem would be overrun by the armies of Nebuchadnezzar, and in my own book of lamentation I described how Gordon Brown’s new Jerusalem was overcome by an army of estate agents, property speculators and bankers.
“The problem we now have is the invaders are back and they have a bridgehead in London and the south-east of England, and they have got to be stopped.”
He went on: “We must not now settle for a short-term spurt of growth fuelled by an old-fashioned property boom and bust.”
Cable said: “We have seen it all before and there are already amber lights flashing.”
Interesting speech, but (a) let’s hope Cable won’t need the services of an estate agent soon and isn’t planning to sell up either to downsize in a post-political career or to move house to Downing Street; and (b) that he didn’t base his “army” reference on the ONS figures which, as EAT readers now know, lump in housing associations, exhibitions and conferences along with estate agency numbers.