Daniel Korski, The Coffee Shop, has a post entitled: "The students vs the Libdems" in which he discusses Nick Clegg.
"According to a Populus poll, before the election the third biggest party enjoyed a massive 40 per cent of support amongst 25 to 34-year-olds, and similarly strong support among 18 to 24-year-olds"
"Now Nick Clegg has not only gone against a specific (if foolish) promise which directly affects students, but has shown himself to be a politician, much like those on the Tory and Labour benches. He has marked himself as embody who knows when to compromise, and knows the responsibility that comes with holding office in times of upheaval."
I am continually amazed that anyone can write such crap and still be considered a journalist! Yes, it is beyond doubt that Clegg has shown himself to be a politician, much like those on the Tory and Labour benches, in that neither he nor them possess any principles, only a lust for power at any personal cost. Back in May this year, Clegg signed a document which stated (pp31/32):
"We will await Lord Browne’s final report into higher education funding, and will judge its proposals against the need to:
– increase social mobility;
– take into account the impact on student debt;
– ensure a properly funded university sector;
– improve the quality of teaching;
– advance scholarship; and
– attract a higher proportion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
If the response of the Government to Lord Browne’s report is one that Liberal Democrats cannot accept, then arrangements will be made to enable Liberal Democrat MPs to abstain in any vote."
So for six months Clegg must have realised the possibility existed that he and his party may well have a potential moral problem - do they stick to their principles or do they ignore them and retain a grip on the power and financial benefits that accrue from their being part of the Coalition.
And guess what - money and power won. Quelle surprise! It is not a matter of knowing when to compromise, neither does the responsibility of holding office enter the equation. When one has no principle nor honour, all that is left is money and power!