Andrew wrote the other day about the farcical incident where Radio 4's World at One programme broadcast an interview with a Yorkshireman purporting to be Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West Mike Crockart.
Mike Crockart has now hit the headlines himself by resigning as PPS to Michael Moore MP, Secretary of State for Scotland so he can vote against the tuition fees rise tonight.
That means that at least three of the eleven Scottish Liberal Democrat MPs will be voting against the proposals, Mike, Ming Campbell and Charles Kennedy and at least four for, Alistair Carmichael, Danny Alexander, Jo Swinson and Mike Moore.
I have to be honest and say that if I were an MP, I would also vote against even though I wouldn't have signed the NUS pledge. I wouldn't want to have much to do with an organisation which betrays its members by wanting to cut the maintenance grants for the poorest students. NUS is a breeding ground for the Labour front bench - it's where Jack Straw and Phil Woolas come from, among others, and I will eat my hat if Aaron Porter is not on the Labour benches within a decade. There is much within the proposals that is good and progressive as I've written about at length. The reason I'd vote against is simply that I believe that higher education benefits all of society and therefore I just couldn't bring myself to vote for a system that lets that principle go.