Role of Honour: Caroline Lucas (Green; Brighton Pavilion) and Stephen Lloyd (Liberal Democrat; Eastbourne).
Role of Dishonour: Norman Baker (Liberal Democrat; Lewes).
And then you have your traditional Tories supporting cuts cuts cuts. At least they are consistent and behaving true to form.
But Norman Baker has sold his principles to retain the trappings of office. “I took what was probably the most difficult decision I ever had to take in my political career”, he moans. He is referring, of course, to his vote in support of an increase in tuition fees.
During the general election campaign Norman signed a pledge that he would vote against any increase in tuition fees.
Norman said today that “the easiest option for me would have been to vote against”. No, Norman, it would have been the principled option. You gave us your word. Your word is now worth nothing.
This was not just one unfortunate comprise necessary in order to form the Coalition Agreement. This was the one and only pledge that every single Lib Dem candidate, including Norman Baker, signed. It was the very reason why many students voted Lib Dem.
There was a choice, and fellow Lib Dem Stephen Lloyd made that choice. Norman has chosen his Ministerial career above his principles. It is a shame that the recall of MP’s is not yet in place. Nevermind. His time will come. My first recommendation for the next General Election is for voters in Lewes to vote either Labour or Conservative. Vote Labour for an anti-Tory vote; vote Conservative for a vote against a dishonourable Lib Dem.