Letter in The Guardian:
I was amused to read Charlie Brooker’s article on Nick Clegg, “perhaps the most useful tool in the government’s shed”, shuffling on to explain the inevitability and fairness of every coalition decision.
Norman Lamb, Lib Dem MP and coalition health spokesperson, provided a further insight into the Lib Dem view of the world when speaking to the Norwich Diocesan Synod recently. He should not have signed his party’s pledge to vote against any increase in university fees, he said, as this was “a legitimate position for an opposition party to take”, but a “very different position for a party with responsibility” (quote from the Eastern Daily Press, 18 October).
So now we know: you can promise anything you like to get elected as long as you don’t have to implement it!
Sensible folk these Pipers you know, although to my knowledge Doris is no relation.