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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Judge Lib Dem MPs on what they do, not what they say

I picked up a great letter in Exeter's Express and Echo reminding us all of the specific wording of the Lib Dems' tuition fees election pledge:

'I pledge to vote against any increase in fees in the next parliament and to pressure the government to introduce a fairer alternative.'

Abstention means they will still be breaking their promise as they pledged to vote against. As is rightly pointed out, the pledge doesn't specify that this is dependent on being in government - when even Lib Dem supporters have to admit there was zero chance of them being the largest party after the election. They pledged to vote against increased fees. Full stop. End of. 

For once the language of the Lib Dems was plain. They should be held to that. 

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