Tuesday, 10 March 2009

On sale to the highest bidder

A typically principled approach from the Lib Dems as to who they'd choose to back after the next election. For a brief hint of actual policies, see the last para:

"At the party's spring party conference in Harrogate at the weekend, Clegg's £7bn policy programme of cuts was backed, along with scrapping of tuition fees, a pledge opposed by campaigners who think the £3bn cost would be unaffordable during a recession."

I'm confused by this. The Lib Dems on Twitter had been saying they'd won the battle against Stephen Williams, Nick Clegg and others who wanted to do a U-turn on tuition fees. Do I really have to wade through acres of Lib Dem footage to find out? [Ignore me! That's what happens when you attend breakfast meetings and start blogging before you've had a chance to get the brain into gear... I'm not confused. Not at all. I understand entirely. I was interpreting it as scrapping the tuition fees policy, not scrapping fees. But I stand by the rest of it.]

Some kind person at Dods has sent me the link - http://tinyurl.com/b4u6dz


Anonymous said...

I'm trying to work out why you are confused. The Guardian claims we voted to scrap tuition fees, and this confirms the fact you had learned on twitter that we were going to continue to scrap tuition fees. If you want independent confirmation of that you only need to look at the front page of the party's website: http://libdems.org.uk/home/liberal-democrats-back-plans-to-scrap-university-tuition-fees-183517006;show

As for these anonymous "campaigners" calling for us to do a u-turn - not a single persona spoke in favour of retaining fees during the debate on Saturday.

Kerry said...

Sorry, my mistake - was gettting my double negatives muddled up. Didn't Mr Williams speak in favour of it? Wasn't that his job?