"To govern is to choose. To appear to be unable to choose is to appear to be unable to govern."
Guido is reporting the news that a Liberal Democrat MP, Michael Crockart, has resigned as PPS to Michael Moore, the Secretary of State for Scotland. He intends to vote against the rise in tuition fees. I have to say he is a name that has passed me by and I had to check that he is indeed an MP.
The internal machinations of the LibDems are going to be fascinating to watch this week. Andrew Neil reckons they will split four ways, which has to be some sort of record even for them!
It is said that David Cameron has launched Operation Save Nick. Why? Nick Clegg needs to display some leadership and start herding his
cats MP's properly. As Matthew D'Ancona said in yesterday's Telegraph, they're in government now. Government is difficult. It can be ugly. It can be messy. You can't just opt out and abstain, and if you do, it says all that needs to be said.
LibDems should take note of the quote above from Nigel Lawson. In a few days time we'll see how many of them have the stomach for governing and how many will indulge themselves.
UPDATE: According to Torquil Crichton on Twitter, Norman Baker has said he may well resign. If true, he will be making a total fool of himself. How many more to follow, I wonder.
UPDATE 2: A reader emails: "Why exactly should Michael Crockart be voting on tuition fees at all, given that this is an English-only issue that won't affect his constituents in Edinburgh who don't pay the fees? The Conservative manifesto pledge to implement the Ken Clarke task-force recommendations would have avoided this problem, but it didn't make the coalition agreement. Time for the DPM to set up that promised Commission on the West Lothian Question?"
UPDATE 3: Er....