How much damage do you think those Liberal Democrats who went through the government lobby have done to your party?


One of the reasons that I did not vote for the coalition agreement was because I thought it was a mistake to allow fees to rise. I think that a freeze on fees would have been a reasonable compromise on tuition fees, but the Tories would never have agreed to ensure that universities were properly funded. 

On the positive side, the big increase in the threshold for paying back fees has had a very positive impact on graduates who were having to start paying their fees on very modest incomes.

As far as the damage it has done is concerned, there is no doubt that it has been damaging, but Labour appear to have got away with introducing fees and then increasing them, despite a promise not to, and a big commons majority.

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