My own view of the sainted Vince Cable, formed from actually having read one of his books, is that he seems to be about as cuddly as a piranha; and by the look of him, he still seems to be desperately in need of being introduced to an ear-hair strimmer.
The vice-chancellors are paid too much! That the vice-chancellors are paid too much is not in dispute. That should not be the question. The question should be whether we have too many vice-chancellors. Closing the University of Nutjob-on-Prozac and turning the clock back to 1991, round about the time that John Major gave the process of pauperising the British middle classes a great big helping hand by massively expanding the university network and thus diminishing the value of every degree issued in the country, would be a good place to start. Come to think of it, the climate change unit at the University of East Anglia, the most discredited department in the British university system, would be a marvellous place to start.
But I don't think Dr. Cable would ever dare suggest doing that, given that he now relies on people who believe in pauperising the middle classes in order to stay in power.