While the LibDems rend themselves apart over the pledge on tuition fees, Malcolm discovered an even greater dispute raging in Yorkshire.
Yorkshire grandson number one has been elected to the junior school council. He is a committed “with bits” man. He is being aggressively lobbied by his younger brother, who disdains bits in his lunchtime yoghurt.
What to do?
- To maintain personal principles?
- Represent the views of the constituents?
When approached for guidance, Malcolm recited Burke’s address to the voters of Bristol, and its classic defence of representative democracy:
Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays you, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
This was received with a cold, fishy eye.