Cracks begin to show as pressure mounts on tuition fee MPs

It seems the pressure of, y’know, being in government ‘n’ stuff is getting to some Liberal Democrat MPs. With Nick Clegg having told the nation “it’s time for promises to be kept” the coalition party is now on the wrong end of a significant public backlash for the first time in living memory.

If the correspondence of some MPs is anything to go by, the pressure is clearly making its mark. An academic emailed David Ward, MP for Bradford East:

“I write to add my voice to those urging you to honour the solemn pledge you gave prior to the election not to raise the cap on tuition fees. A pledge is a pledge, and those to whom you made the pledge insist that you stick to your promise.”

With a wafer-thin majority of just 365, perhaps Ward’s one-line reply gives us an insight into his mental state? Why instruct your researcher to send off a pro-forma response when you can simply be rude!

“Nice try but I do not yield to hysterical rants. Are you really a Professor? Hard to believe.”

And it seems Ward isn’t the only one getting the jitters. It’s now a few months since Tory Bear attempted to doorstep Sarah Teather over her dodgy office expenses. Scrapbook was therefore thrilled to see Sky News succeed where Mr. Cole failed, catching the diminutive MP as she left for the Commons this morning. Having used her maiden speech to lambast tuition and top-up fees, it is perhaps understandable she told Sky News simply:

“Go away.”

Having sold out her electorate, Teather may yet find the voters of Brent Central telling her to “go away” sometime around May 2015.

2 Comments

  1. NEW –> Cracks begin to show as pressure mounts on tuition fee MPs http://bit.ly/f0fQwl

  2. Fenrir says:

    RT @psbook: NEW –> Cracks begin to show as pressure mounts on tuition fee MPs http://bit.ly/f0fQwl <<http://bit.ly/hsE4d5

  3. RT @psbook: NEW –> Cracks begin to show as pressure mounts on tuition fee MPs http://bit.ly/f0fQwl

  4. chris says:

    “First significant backlash in a lifetime”!!!!?????

    Wow there must be talented pre teen writing this blog
    Well before your were born there were a whole series of backlashes against the War in Iraq or against the first introduction and subsequent rise in tuition fees. (funnily enough which labour had a pledge against)

    there was also fox hunting but I dont really sympathise with those protesters, however i can be mature enough to not simply write them out of history as if they never occurred

  5. Way to make a fool of yourself, Chris. Perhaps you should read the post properly?

    “With Nick Clegg having told the nation “it’s time for promises to be kept” the coalition party is now on the wrong end of a significant public backlash for the first time in living memory.”

    The post doesn’t say “the coalition” but “the coalition party” which in the context of this sentence (never mind the whole article) clearly means the Liberal Democrats, who opposed the war in Iraq, fox hunting and – until now – tuition fees.

  6. RT @psbook: Cracks begin to show as pressure mounts on tuition fee MPs http://bit.ly/ea4Wth < being in govt, such a drag

  7. RT @psbook: Cracks begin to show as pressure mounts on tuition fee MPs http://bit.ly/ea4Wth

  8. RT @psbook: NEW –> Cracks begin to show as pressure mounts on tuition fee MPs http://bit.ly/f0fQwl

  9. @cowrin If she puts enough pressure on herself, I'm sure she can persuade herself to resign. You saw this? http://t.co/qyAlevV

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