Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Having secured a five vote majority in favour of variable top-up fees it seems that the retribution now begins in the Labour Party. Why is it that these party apparchitiks cannot accept that occasionally members should be allowed to vote according to their conscience? That is a lesson that Labour AMs still need to learn. Despite many of them being opposed to variable fees they all voted en bloc in favour. I bet Tony Blair wishes he had those 30 politicians in Parliament instead of the 72 members of his own Parliamentary Party who stood up to the charm offensive and the bullying yesterday to vote against the Second Reading of the Higher Education Bill.