Daniel Radcliffe ‘regrets’ Lib Dem backing
Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe reportedly regrets backing the Liberal Democrats and Nick Clegg during the May elections after the controversial U-Turn by the party over tuition fees.
Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe reportedly regrets backing the Liberal Democrats and Nick Clegg during the May elections after the controversial U-Turn by the party over tuition fees. A source has told the Daily Mail that the actor is beginning to regret supporting the party while a ‘friend’ is also quoted as stating the actor is now uncomfortable with his support for the Lib Dems.
“Daniel does not in any way support the violence of the rioters, but to say he is underwhelmed by his party is an understatement. Like millions of others he was under the impression that the Liberal Democrats had no plans to increase the cost of studying. While Daniel will never have to worry about his finances again, a tuition fee hike is a serious issue which will directly affect many of his fans. And these fans have contacted Daniel to tell him so in their droves. Quite frankly, he is beginning to regret his loyalty now.” – Lib Dem ‘source’ quoted in the Daily Mail
The issue of tuition fees is one that has already cost the Liberal Democrats dearly and has seen violent clashes on the streets of London and occupation of university buildings up and down the country. During the elections in May the Liberal Democrats – all of them – signed personal pledges to vote against any rise in fees. Party leader Nick Clegg recorded a video for You Tube where he is very firm on the issue.
However, all of that quickly changed when the Liberal Democrats entered into power with the Conservatives and formed a coalition government. The Liberal Democrats were forced to back rises in tuition fees which sparked the anger of many students who felt betrayed by the party and Nick Clegg – it is this betrayal which led to scenes of violence in London. Just 21 Liberal Democrat MP’s kept their pledge and voted against the plans, amongst them was former leader Charles Kennedy.
“Daniel has many friends at university. It’s been a topic of conversation that has been raised on numerous occasions, and he has confessed that he feels genuinely uncomfortable about the fact that his support for the party could have affected people’s choice of vote.” – A ‘friend’ quoted
The betrayal of the students by the party has seen their popularity sink to record low levels and protests by students are likely to continue in the coming months.