Iain: Gordon, would you accept the point though that Vince Cable, the Secretary
of State in charge of universities, doesn’t support his own legislation then it
just makes the Liberal Democrats look stupid?
Gordon: Yes. I agree with that.
Iain: You do. Credit with you for saying that. No one else has had the
guts to say it.
Gordon: Well as far as I am concerned, I mean, I am a Liberal Democrat. I am an MP. I was voted to make decisions, I won’t abstain I will either vote for or against.
Iain: My respect for you grows by the minute.
Andy Love MP: Please tell Vince Cable how he thinks!
Gordon: Well Vince Cable will know that, Vince knows, I mean I have been Leader of the council for 28 years and as far as I am concerned you are put in place to make a decision. Whether people like the decision or don’t like the decision, those decisions have to be made. And as far as the tuition fees are concerned the decision will be made. That’s end of story for me.
What a pity Danny Alexander couldn't articulate this position on Question Time just now. He gave a pathetic answer, as John Seargent said. It's about time he learned that his party can't have it both ways. To govern is to choose. It is not to abstain.