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