Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party, has declared that raising tuition at English universities constitutes an act of "cultural vandalism". This would be commendable if Miliband were not hypocritically promoting a Graduate Tax as the best solution.
While I think that Miliband was probably the best leader Labour could have chosen, he needs to get serious about making the Labour Party a force for promoting equality. It is not enough that he react to Coalition (i.e. Tory) policy...he has got to set an agenda of some kind. A major obstacle to that will likely be his own choice of Shadow Chancellor. Alan Johnson, whether through dullness or design, has been seen to undermine Miliband in a number of public statements lately.
Nonetheless, it is to be hoped that a large number of Liberal Democrats, led by the likes of Simon Hughes, Menzies Campbell and Charles Kennedy, will not simply abstain from the Commons vote on tuition fees on 9 December, but will vote against Coalition policy.