A pox on all their hustings

October 13, 2011

As a current student, a former Liberal Democrat voter and a very vocal critic of the coalition and its plans for higher education (and indeed the rest of the country), I should probably agree with Ken Smith when he states that he hopes to see the Lib Dems obliterated at the next general election, but I can't (Letters, 29 September).

This isn't through any lingering affection for the party. In my opinion, the Lib Dems abandoned voters and their own supporters for the promise of a ministerial car and a weekend residence. But in what respect does this distinguish them from any other political party? The fault of trusting political leaders is surely ours. What votes are there in higher education? We were foolish to believe that things would change.

Smith is right in his analysis of what Nick Clegg, Vince Cable and the rest of them could have and should have done after the election, but we shouldn't have expected more. Are we surprised when the charming man with a proposal that sounds too good to be true turns out to be a con man?

A pox on Clegg's house? A plague on the lot of them I say.

Jeremy Harvey, Bangor University

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