As night begins to fall, it seems apparent that today's wave of student protests have passed off in a somewhat more orderly fashion - no doubt due to a greater degree of preparedness on the part of the police this time round, the only spectacular casualty being a police van which somehow got trashed (and which the insurers will no doubt be called upon to foot the bill for).
The main 'target' appears to have been the hapless Nick Clegg. For a party which has traditionally commanded more of the student vote than either of the other two, the abandonment of his well-publicized promise over tuition fees is not going down well, whatever the rationale being offered for it. On that note, the majority of the present coalition government's policies seem to fall into one of three categories:
1. Things we want to do but can't do now because our coalition "partners" won't agree to it.
2. Things we don't want to do but must because of the mess the previous lot left behind them.
3. Things we wanted to do all along but didn't think we dared - but can do now because of the mess the previous lot left behind them.
Expediency rules! Makes a bit of a mockery of election pledges, but whoever believed any of that sort of stuff anyway? Plus ça change....