Lib Dems, fees, and students

Here’s a question, which we’ve not seen answered properly anywhere yet: when the parliamentary vote on student fees comes, what will the Lib Dem position be?

People claim that the coalition agreement allows the Lib Dems to abstain in any parliamentary vote on fees. But the wording of the coalition agreement is: “If the response of the government to Lord Browne’s report is one that Liberal Democrats cannot accept, then arrangements will be made to enable Liberal Democrat MPs to abstain in any vote”.

This is slightly, but importantly, different, for reasons explored in this article in today’s Guardian