According to The Independent’s story, Nick Clegg’s right hand man, Richard Reeves, has just left the building. Family reasons seems to be the excuse. Now Mr. Reeves is an experienced political back-room boy, ex-Labour and ex-Demos. Not much you could tell this boy about politics is there?
So, according to The Independent, what is his great regret?
He is still kicking himself over the university fees debacle which undoubtedly damaged Mr Clegg, for a broken election pledge more than an unpopular policy. Indeed, in a candid farewell interview, Mr Reeves admits he once kicked himself in the shins because of his own role in the debacle. He regrets that the near-trebling of fees was not branded a “capped graduate tax” and that he did not fight harder against the Treasury to ensure it was. “It was stupid; I was a bloody idiot,” he now admits.
I hate to be the one to tell you this Richard, but capped graduate tax wouldn’t have done any better. I suspect neither the students nor the public are quite as stupid as our political class thinks they are, or would prefer them to be. You see Richard your guys made a pledge, and made a big thing about it in towns and constituencies with many students, and then they broke that pledge.
Now I’m not one for putting dog crap through Nick Clegg’s letter box, but doesn’t that tell you something about how you, the Liberals, are perceived Richard?