LONDON — A senior British minister apologized Tuesday after he was secretly recorded saying he could bring down the government if pushed and claiming public sector reforms risked running out of control.
Business Secretary Vince Cable was taped by Daily Telegraph journalists posing as constituents. He told them that that "I have a nuclear option ... If they push me too far then I can walk out and bring the government down."
Cable's Liberal Democrat party is junior partner to the Conservatives in Britain's coalition government. Before the election Cable was strongly critical of many economic policies his government now endorses as it seeks to cut public spending and slash the country's deficit.
Cable told the reporters that his desire for a tough approach to the banks, which precipitated the financial crisis, had been opposed by "our Conservative friends."