Double standards and the democratic deficit…

UNBELIEVABLE! Westminster’s ‘Father of the House’ Tam Dalyell has apologised to the people of Northern Ireland after 44 Labour MPs voted in support of tuition fees for students here. A year ago, they all voted against the introduction of these fees in England. Thanks guys. We know you care, honest.

The News Letter reports:

Veteran parliamentarian Tam Dalyell apologised to the people of Northern Ireland yesterday after a controversial vote supporting the implementation of university fees in the Province.

The Scots MP was one of 44 Labour voters branded hypocrites by Conservative David Lidington after it emerged that they had all voted more than a year ago against the introduction of similar charges in England.

The Northern Ireland Higher Education Order was voted through by 250 to 116 on Tuesday night, moving it on to the next stage but not yet bringing it into law.

However, several MPs including Clare Short and Glenda Jackson admitted to the News Letter that they were unaware exactly what they were voting for.

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