The Liberal Democrats’ candidate for the Oldham East by-election already has form as a flip-flopper on tuition fees. In July 2009 he claimed on his own website that:
I think it is morally wrong that someone should start out their working life with a huge personal debt
He clearly underwent some kind of moral re-alignment in the intervening 18 months, telling the Oldham Evening Chronicle on 9 December:
I would go with the coalition and vote for it
As highlighted by Labour Uncut today, however, Watkins brings his special brand of cognitive dissonance to a single interview, telling the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg:
I would have fulfilled the coalition agreement
So we’re clear you’d vote for them, Elwyn?
I still think they’re wrong and if I was an MP I’d still campaign against them.
Watkins is spinning like a top.