The 74-year-old standing MP for Twickenham made the candid admission after he was grilled by ITV hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid about the naughtiest thing he’d done in his life.
Reid was heard asking the politician: “So, Vince, what is the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?”
He explained: “Well if you read my book the Free Radical there is an episode with an air rifle which was very awkward at the time.
“I think I was only about nine, so it was excusable. We all did bad things when we were children.”
Morgan went onto ask: “For those of us who haven’t read your book, who did you shoot?”
Cable appeared to laugh as he replied: “Well, some of my neighbours’ windows proved a very tempting target and I had brief exchange with a local police officer. But it all went away and I grew up as a thoroughly law-abiding citizen, which is what I am today.”
“That is genuinely naughty! You have restored my faith in politicians,” Morgan, 52, exclaimed.
Vince Cable revealed the naughtiest thing he'd done
Piers Morgan grilled Vince Cable on Good Morning Britain
Well if you read my book the Free Radical there is an episode with an air rifle which was very awkward at the time
Cable was not the only one to reveal bad behaviour in the past, Labour MP Keir Starmer was also quizzed on the same subject.
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The MP for Holborn and St Pancras replied: “The list is long and can’t be broadcast. I’ve cheated at almost every football game I could ever get my hands on that I wanted to win.”
When pressed further by Morgan about whether he had broken the law, Starmer responded that he had but did not go into details.
His vague response led Morgan to push further: “On the naughty spectrum where are you, compared to Theresa May running through a wheat field to Vince Cable firing at his neighbours?”
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Vince Cable made a candid confession on Good Morning Britain
The lawyer and politician quipped: “I would be a long way further down than running through the wheat field – even possibly further [than Vince Cable].”
“Wow, worse than Vince Cable!” Morgan said in surprise.
The exchanges came after Prime Minister Theresa May told ITV News the naughtiest thing she had done, explaining: “I have to say when me and my friends used to run through the fields of wheat, the farmers weren’t too pleased about that.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.