Having pledged as a Party and individually at the Election to oppose raising Student fees, Liberal Democrats are faced with a problem.
In a way it is easy to solve - oppose the increase in student fees and be true to their pledges. On the other hand to remain a Coalition they should ditch the pledges and join with their Coalition partners in supporting no cap on student fees.
'It is very difficult' said a LibDem who only spoke on condition he remained anonymous 'before the election we didn't really think we would have a say in Government so we could promise anything to get votes. But now with a handle on power we can't afford to help defeat the Government because we are part of it. Besides, if there was to be an election we would disappear down the plug hole of history.'
'So you said one thing before the election and will do the opposite in power?'
'Well, we've done it before. Remember the VAT increase which we opposed at the election but voted for in power. We would be consistent.'
I explained they would be seen a consistently false.
'This is politics, my friend. You don't come into this game to have a shiny conscience.'
'But I thought you LibDems were unlike the usual political shits.'
'No, my friend, we shit like everyone else. Remember the Labour mess we are clearing up and the Bank mess we are ignoring. Shit is everywhere. Try to go a few days without shit.'
On that eloquent note of political hygiene I left holding my nose at the reek that was all around me.