let the record show that the rise in tuition fees only affects England, the rest of the UK (Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) are not affected, as they have devolved administrations and education is a devolved issue, so for instance in Scotland Tuition fees were abolished a while ago. In Scotland education is a Right and not a Privilege.
Now in regards to the rise of tuition fees in England, that was achieved because the Liberal Democrats sold their soul and principles for a ministerial car and a red box. The LibDem were always in favour of abolishing tuition fees and in fact ALL of them signed a pledge during the election in which they promised to vote Against any rise in tuition fees. When the day actually came only 21 LibDems lived up to their pledge and voted against the government, slashing their majority by 3/4. Now that it was passed in the Commons it goes up to the Lords and they can amend the legislation in which case it goes back to the Commons for another vote. The Lords could vote it down as they did with the 42 day detention with no charge law even though it was passed twice in the Commons. So if the Lords have any decency, their Lordships should amend it and send it back for it to be defeated in a second vote. Hopefully the backbench rebels will rebel again and gain more support to vote with the Opposition.
So this battle is not over yet, the Lords will continue to debate it next week and I believe Labour and Crossbenchers are the majority in the lords [234 Labour Lords, 182Crossbenchers, 25 Lords Spiritual, 7 from Northern Ireland and 195 Conservatives and 79 Liberal Democrats of which many could rebel].
In regards to the attack against Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, that was absolutely unacceptable. yet i dont think the students did it, i think it was anarchists who hijacked the protests for their own purpose...
We shall see what happens in a week or two, if the Lords vote Content then the Tuition fee bill becomes Law and they rise in January 2012. If they vote Not Content then it goes back to the Commons for further debates.