>Dr. Evan Harris interviews Nick Clegg on Higher Education funding

>Former MP Evan Harris is now Vice – Chair of the Liberal Democrats Federal Policy Committee. He lost his university seat in Oxford, despite the Liberal Democrats manifesto policy to abolish fees, and is generally considered to be in left, social – liberal wing of the party.

Here he interviews Deputy PM and Party Leader Nick Clegg on Higher Education funding. It is clear that the party were desperately trying to make a graduate tax work, and perhaps the fact they couldn’t says a lot. There is also an interesting discussion about how to deal with such explicit pledges in the future, with Clegg expressing regret the furore over this has cast a huge cloud of the delivery of the four key pledges on the front of the manifesto.

VN doesn’t expect that this interview will change anybodies mind either way, but it is good that this final explanation has come out. Hopefully now the party can start to move on, and the system can be developed so the burden of debt does not weight too heavily on students.

You can read the transcript of the videos here.

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