Liberal Democrats Bourgeois Angst

The Liberal Democrats and their leaders Nick Clegg have been getting a lot of flak over the issue of university tuition fees this past week. It has even been leaked that the party planned to drop their pledges on tuition fees before the election.

The Guardian reported:

The Liberal Democrats were drawing up plans to abandon Nick Clegg’s flagship policy to scrap university tuition fees two months before the general election, secret party documents reveal.

As the Lib Dem leader faces a growing revolt after this week’s violent protest against fee rises, internal documents show the party was drawing up proposals for coalition negotiations which contrasted sharply with …
Lib Dems Planned To Drop Tuition Fees Pledge

The amount of rage being hurled at Nick Clegg and other Liberal Democrat ministers in the coalition government by labour-lefie-loonies and by their own party members is as amusing as it is irrational. The first thing we should note is that none of us at The Daily Stirrer (and we’ve all been round the block a few times) can recall Labour members ever being so vitriolic towards their own party in government when the wishful thinking of campaign promises has to give way to the harsh realities of government.

The left has a long tradition of hypocrisy of course, look how they rant and rave about abolishing private education and yet how many among the Labour elite send their children to private schools or, every bit as bad, to faith schools in expensive suburbs where the catchment area ensures a large majority of pupils will be from affluent middle class homes, the offspring of professional couples.

The angst of Liberal Democrats, while amusing to behold is worrying for people who wish the coalition government well and are hoping they survive long enough to really stop the tide of politically correct lunacy set in spate during thirteen years of Labour’s authoritarian rule. After ninety years of only dreaming of power, the Lib Dems, finally having put a fingertip on the levers of government are finding responsibility not to their taste.

When I was an active member of the Liberal Party one of the greatest frustrations for those of us who believed a common sense, non ideological approach to the everyday problems facing voters could really help achieve “the greatest good of the greatest number” was that faction of the party we referred to as the raffia mafia. These sandal wearing, tree hugging, lentil munching wierdies were far more concerned with being seen to be “nice” and “caring” than with facing up to reality, deciding what needed to be done and setting about doing it. Their utopian dreams marginalised the whole party.

It seems too many Lib Dems are still living in that bubble of unreality, too eager to show how much they care about education and the plight of poor students to face up to the reality that Labour’s rapid expansion of the higher education system was too great a burden for the education budget to bear. The aim was to have 50% of school leavers going to University. This is a totally unrealistic target. The country does not need and cannot find suitable jobs for so many graduates.

We have to get a sense of reality about this. Yes, the state should fund University tuition and provide support for students whose parents cannot subsidise them through three years of higher education. Having said that we must set a limit on the numbers we support through higher education so that the financial burden on the taxpayer does not become unsustainable. Everybody having the right to try for a University place should they get the grsdes does not mean everybody must be accepted.

It might seem harsh to some but let’s remember, Utopia is a fiction.

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16 thoughts on “Liberal Democrats Bourgeois Angst

  1. Sensible piece, as ever.
    I took a degree in English and History (many years ago) at the State’s expense and did nothing with it.
    The 50% quota was always stupidly unrealistic and encouraged people to take Mickey Mouse degrees with no vocational value.
    As for the Lib-Dem angst, I’ve voted for them most of my life and appreciate the terrible dilemma they’re going through. Your comments are very reasoned and balanced.

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    1. As I~ said to Walrus (below) there’s no reason why people can’t get as good and education by continuing education after school in their own time.

      Some of the best people I worked with qualified via the ONC / HNC route.

      Other people simply continued atending night classes for their own interest.

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    1. Supporters of the left simply do not understand and do not want to understand how much trouble the economy is in. And it isn’t just here and in America but the whole world. Even China is suffering inflation at the moment.

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  2. “The country does not need and cannot find suitable jobs for so many graduates.”

    Dear Mr Gradgrind,

    The purpose of education is NOT to manufacture people who are suitable for the jobs that the rich people want done.

    Love and peace,

    Walrus

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    1. I agree entirely, the purpose of education is not to prepare people for the workplace – or was not until the ‘enlightened’ education policies of the left made it so.

      People can become just as well educated throughout the course of their lives at local colleges in their own time and thoroughly enjoy education for its own sake.

      It is you who is a Gradgrind thinkalike not I because I never supported the making degree a requirement of jobs that are best served by vocaional training.

      And what do we gain by denying people tho opportunity to learn anything from philosophy to flower arranging for pleasure and at their own pace simply so the young can spend three years jerking off, getting drunk and smoking dope at the taxpayers expense particularly when that expense has become an unsupportable burden on the economy?

      The only identifiable benefiot to the nation of this expsansion of university education is it has kept a few hundred thousand people off the unemployment statistics. And the universities themselves are failing so badly we have to import doctors, engineers and IT specialists from India.

      I don’t know why you question me Walrus, you should know by now I’m always right.

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  3. There are too many people going to university. It should be restricted to the academic and medical people – everyone else should be directed accordingly.

    The tuition fees system is designed for far too many students going to university, because its the only way vast numbers of students can be sustainable. I hate tuition fees, and I hate seeing 45% of young people going to university when it isn’t the right option for many of them.

    I also hate Labour’s epic hypocrisy on the issue.

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    1. Excellent points Ros and I hope Walrus reads them.

      Of the ten students who were in the animal house where my daughter stayed while at Uni only one has a career related to her degree subject (biology).

      Of the rest Gabby is arseing about in France and most of the others work in admin or sales (call centres) and two are happily married and bringing up kids.

      Sadly all but one (that I know of) are burdened with debt. That’s the reality of all this education, education, education bullshit.

      Oh, I made a mistake, Davina got a media related degree and spent nearly ten years working as a clerk or temping. Then she landed a job with Richard and Judy’s production company – after she married Judy’s son. Boo for education, yay nepotism.

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