Published on 21 Sep 2010

Nick Clegg on tuition fees, free schools and that IKEA cabinet

Nick Clegg has left the building. He hopes to be speaking in the UN General Assembly Friday afternoon, but he’s conscious that President Chavez and President Ahmadinejad speak before him and timetables can slip if they’re in chatty mode. Whatever happens the time zones won’t allow a live-link big screen moment to be televised into the Lib Dem Conference.
Before he left Liverpool, Nick Clegg was interviewed by Jon Snow – you can see the interview on tonight’s programme.

The DPM said the reason his party voted against the independent free schools policy of the coalition was because they  “misunderstand the details of the policy.” Faint echoes of Tony Blair there.

On the infamous IKEA cabinet fixing with David Cameron, Nick Clegg admitted he’d tried to pass on some tips to the prime minister, but said that Cameron was “building the cupboard very rapidly”

On the subject of university funding Nick Clegg said he “wants” to honour the NUS pledge that he and virtually all the other Lib Dem MPs signed ahead of the general election.

You get a flavour of what Nick Clegg is in for if he reneges on that pledge here.  Not the most polished campaign viral but you get the point.

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One reader comment

  1. Tom Wright says:

    That campaign viral is going to hurt. A lot. And it won’t be the only one. But let’s not get carried away.

    I suspect Clegg is right to backtrack. The university sector is quite simply too big to be afforded. Ordinary tax payers are happy to support higher education for those whose academic ability merits it, particularly those from tougher backgrounds. We aren’t however, capable of footing the bill for unlimited university education for all.

    Should we put the boot in on the LibDems for hipocrisy, or congratulate them for realism in power?

    Here I suspect Clegg is also right, in urging his part to hold their nerve: come the election, what we will really judge them on will be their performance, can they keep it together, are they in fact up to working in coalition? Or will they collapse, unable to cope with the compromise that will be the hall mark of the New Politics?

    Right now they have everything to play for.

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