News reaches Next Left of a popular uprising on campuses up and down Britain in favour of beleaguered Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg.
LibDemVoice has sight of a letter from students who want LibDem MPs to vote for the government proposals. (They proudly claim to have read the Browne review, unlike their opponents. They have certainly had sight of key government talking points, though they appear to have overlooked the part where 80% of state funding for university teaching is chopped, so the higher student contributions do not increase funding for universities at all). A Facebook group has almost 700 members at time of blogging.
No plans for a series of national demonstrations has yet been announced, but this must surely be imminent. Cowley Street insiders say they are hoping to see enormous pro-government demonstrations on the issue, of a kind rarely before witnesssed in a democratic country.
Even the decision of party leaders Nick Clegg and Vince Cable to cancel all recent campus visits may also now be under review, enabling them to revisit the halycon days of the election campaign.
"Know that some students stand with you in taking this decision", they write to LibDem MPs.
The letter writers are absolutely correct about that.
Some students do.
YouGov can even put a number on it.
Their Sunday Times poll shows that the government’s policy is supported by 14% of students, with 78% against.
And 14% of students think the LibDems are right to ditch their promise, though 80% disagree.
That support is no doubt helping the LibDems to hold on to 15% of the student vote - though it is trickier to see how the "students for Nick Clegg" campaign can get them back towards the 45% of the student vote they won just six months ago.
PS: The pro-policy 14% and the LibDem 15% are, of course, not the same students. Most still-LibDem-voting students won't back the government, and will be in the large 'anxious' camp among still loyal LibDems. The government's proposals will garner rather more support from within the 26% of students who plan to vote Tory, though the government does not have the backing of a majority of Tory students either. Labour's student support has risen to 42% from 24%).