The Conservatives have started to open the split between themselves and the Lib-Dems. Vince Cable the Business Secretary announced plans for a ‘Graduate tax’ for university students; this was later overruled by the Tories who preferred students to pay the Universities Direct. Tory ministers are said to prefer a system where some graduates pay more, generating more places for the rich and the overseas students, depriving working class students of places. Labour called this ‘shambolic’
The Conservatives distanced themselves from the Lib Dems after Nick Cleggs’ first, and probably last, P.M.s question time, when he said the Iraq war was illegal. Many Tories who voted for the Iraq war took it as a personal attack on them.
David Cameron belittled Britain, the country he is supposed to promote, when he told the Americans that Britain was a junior partner to America in 1940 in the war against Germany. In fact the Americans weren’t interested in helping Britain in 1940, It wasn’t until 1941 after Pearl Harbour was bombed, that the Americans joined
I will apologise to the British Public on behalf of David Cameron who can’t remember the tremendous sacrifices the British people made during that terrible war, or even when they made them. The British people fought for the freedom of this country and others, most of whom are grateful, and wouldn’t dream of belittling what their ancestors did for Britain. Cameron may not respect the memories of those who died in order that we might live in a free country, with freedom of speech, but the British people respect those memories with pride.
In a recent poll carried out for Newsnight 42% of Lib-Dem voters would not have voted for their party if they had known they would be part of a coalition. On the Conservative side only 14% said they would not have voted for their party if they had known of their leader’s intention to form a coalition.
60% of Tory voters felt their party had been weakened by the coalition with the Lib-Dems: They felt they no longer knew what their party stood for.
53% of the Lib-Dems felt their party had been weakened by the coalition with the Tories.
Lord Ashdown, when interviewed on Newsnight, suggested he would like to see the government "make haste a bit more slowly" and that it was sometimes wiser to test new policies out in pilot schemes before making decisions.
Vic Farron RFT Express.
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