Monday, October 25, 2010

Not quite the whole truth...

"I signed a pledge to get a fairer system"
John Hemming, 24 October 2010, Politics Show West Midlands

Only half right. You actually signed a pledge promising
"To vote against any increase in fees in the next parliament and to pressure the government to introduce a fairer alternative."
At the time, Nick Clegg was unequivocal
"The Liberal Democrats are different. Not only will we oppose any raising of the cap, we will scrap tuition fees for good, including for part-time students . . . Students can make the difference in countless seats in this election. Use your vote to block those unfair tuition fees and get them scrapped once and for all."

Clegg's announcement of a new cap on fees - a modification of the Browne report - is an example of the clever politics being played by the government. While clearly planned all along, it allows the Tories to appear tough, while the Liberal Democrats claim to be a moderating influence, even if they have to compromise on a key pre-election pledge. Expect something similar to happen on the iniquitous plans for housing benefit, as Simon Hughes has poked his head above the parapet to lead a fake 'revolt' which will result in the policy being moderated.

The Liberal Democrats really must stop playing fast and loose with the facts of history.

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