Friday, 10 September 2010

You Can't Trust The LibDems On University Fees

It is said that Nick Clegg and all the other Lib Dem MPs, including Vince Cable, who signed the NUS Pledge to vote against any an increase in student tuition fees may soon regret making this a big issue at the last general election.

Lord Browne's review of university finances is strongly believed to favour allowing tuition fees to increase up to £7,000 a year.

This is what Nick Clegg said before the election:

"Labour and the Conservatives have been trying to keep tuition fees out of this election campaign. Despite the huge financial strain fees already place on Britain's young people, it is clear both Labour and the Conservatives want to lift the cap on fees . . . 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."

If he abstains on the matter - as laid out in the coalition agreement - rather than actively opposing any fee increase, Clegg will be hoping that students don't remember his boastful promises! The price of power?

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