Since the Coalition government announced the deepest cuts to public spending since the 1920s there have been two appointments for senior Liberal Democrats to come to Oxford. Both have faced large protests. Vince Cable was widely reported to have cancelled his visit two days before an appointment at Oxford University. He claimed that the police had advised him not to come, although they later denied this. A protest of 1200 students happened anyway on the 28 October.
Now Nick Clegg has also cancelled his appointment to speak at Oxford Student Union Debating Society on 17 November, stating 'diary issues'. Students had planned a large protest against his U-turn on support for tuition fees and cuts. He has apologised to local Liberal Democrat supporters in a letter, and promises to return.
Save Our Services campaigner, Jane Townsend, said: “It seems that there are no top Lib Dems that aren't too yellow to come to Oxford. It's no coincidence that there were protests openly planned for their visits, and that they both pulled out at the last minute. Is that their solution to public anger at their U-turns on student fees and broader cuts, hide away from the public? That's not being accountable and that shows that they know their policies are unfair.”
Oxford Education Campaign member, Claire Jones, said: “Coalition policies on education, are making it the elite preserve of families that can afford huge fees. If Lib Dems vote for fees they will be breaking a pledge that each of them has made to students not to do so. And now they won't even come to Oxford to hear what we've got to say. They are chickens”
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