Abstaining politicians should be told they are just cowards

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We don't elect our politicians to sit on a fence.

That's why those who abstained in last week's tuition fees vote should still be hanging their heads in shame right now.

It's a complete abuse of power to refuse to cast your vote on such an important matter.

In fact it can only lead your electorate to presume that you are too worried about looking out for your own interests than those of the people who bothered to go out, forgive you all for the expenses scandal, and vote in the first place.

You either think it's justified to make students pay more. Or you don't. That's a yes, or a no.

There is no possible excuse for abstaining – and we should all be letting them know that it's cowardly.