When Nick Clegg was negotiating with the two main parties after the hung election he could, if he had really cared, insisted on scrapping tuition fees before entering a coalition agreement. At the very least he could have argued for fees to be reduced, or even frozen over the course of the Parliament.
But instead he threw away the educational chances of a generation in favour of a stupid referendum on what wasn’t even Proportional Representation when it came to the vote. And he lost. Because he is a dick. Remember that if you have recently graduated with a huge debt. Every time you make a payment remember you are in debt because Nick Clegg is a dick.
Now he wants young people sucked even further into debt by luring them into taking out huge loans to pay for a deposit on a tenancy agreement. Deposits that will be far higher than they are now because Clegg wants to set the loans at £1,500 outside London. According to The Guardian the average deposit is £1,200. So overnight the standard deposit will shoot up by £300 quid which will have to be repaid over the next couple of years. So young people won’t be able to afford their rent and will stay at home and not get on the “rented property ladder”, which is Clegg’s ludicrous name for the fucked housing market. And of course these loans will only be available to young people who have a job, so those most in need of help with housing, with no means to pay up front, will stay homeless.
Just like the other main parties Clegg has no plans to build more housing at social rents people can actually afford. Or any concrete plans to reverse the savage housing benefit cuts he voted for which are leading to soaring homelessness. But they will plant a tree for every child born in the UK. Perhaps that’s where they expect them to live. What a bunch of dicks.
Whatever you decide to do at the election remember one thing. If you vote Liberal Democrat you are voting for a dick. It doesn’t matter how much you might like your Lib Dem candidate, they are a dick. If there can only be one small sliver of comfort gleaned from the last five years of misery it will be the Liberal Democrat party being consigned to the dustbin of history. Don’t spoil that for everyone. Don’t be a dick. Don’t vote Lib Dem.
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