Yesterday, more than half of Liberal Democrat MPs voted in favour of a rise in tuition fees.
Here is a picture of Nick Clegg taken during the Lib Dems’ election campaign.
“I pledge to vote against any increase in fees,” those papers read. All 57 Lib Dem MPs signed this pledge. Yesterday, more than half of them broke their promise. Mr. Clegg was among this number.
Broken promises, eh? Where have we heard that phrase used before?
Oh yes: it was used by Nick Clegg, repeatedly, during the election campaign. “I believe it’s time for promises to be kept,” specifically.
Clegg sold the Liberal Party primarily on trust, and with this move – and several others over the past months – he has completely and resolutely betrayed that trust for every person who voted for them.
The Labour Party have proven themselves rash in their decision making and incapable of dealing with the economy. The Conservative Party have a history of catering to specific demographics at the expense of others. The Liberal Democrats may never have had majority support, but they’ve always been an important third voice for the country. Being this third voice has always been a key component of how they’ve promoted themselves.
I’d be surprised if a single person has been converted to the Lib Dems since they gained a position of power: their hysterical weakness in the face of Conservative pressure is not at all impressive. But that will have lost them an enormous percentage of their support base. They’re imploding, spectacularly, and it’s no one’s fault but their own. Those who suffer the most are the seven million people who voted for them.
Personally, I won’t suffer at the hands of the tuition fee increase. But I know several people who will. Regardless, though, I I now feel there is no party to represent me. I disagree with the Conservative manifesto, and I was disappointed by Labour’s inconsistency and pandering to mass panic. The obvious first default, the Greens, are idealistic to the point of naivety, and have no solid policies outside their environmental ones. I agree with most things in the Liberal manifesto, but they’ve demonstrated themselves to be barefaced liars. Who’s left? It’s a serious concern of mine.
Anyway. Today, this video emerged, of the riots last night. I’m against rioting, generally. I think you lose your moral ground if you resort to violence. However, historically, it is the way change is ensured at times when the government has completely betrayed a portion of the population. And I think yesterday qualifies as one of those times. That isn’t to say I condone the rioting; merely that I completely understand it.
That has very little to do with how I felt upon seeing what happened at 1.25 of the video, though. No, this can’t be blamed directly on the Liberal Democrats. But it’s another thing that’s made my Friday seem very bleak indeed.
Try to have a good weekend, everyone. Perhaps, if your Lib Dem MP voted in favour of the tuition fees, you might like to write to them demanding their resignation. They signed a pledge to say they’d vote ‘no’, after all.