“If I have to eat school rice pudding I am never voting for the Lib Dems,” said 6 year old political commentator Daisy Smythurst. “People like me will now want a chance to look at the Labour Party’s mince strategy, and whether the Greens would make you eat them. Greens, I mean. And what if we can’t find a party that will represent our interests, especially those of us on second sitting where the chips are notoriously scarce and often cold? It means disenfranchisement before we even get the vote. It’s only twelve years till I can cast mine. But 12 years is a short time in politics."
Jeanine Smith (4) said: "If the next two years are spent in a coalition between Mr Clegg and my mum, resulting in me having to have school fish fingers, then how could I ever give the Lib Dems any support? Ever? And peas. I mean I have employed lobbyists (Linda from next door but one and Janey from class five) to persuade my mum to let me go packed lunch. Now those costly plans are in tatters. Whoever said "there is no such thing as a free lunch" is right. My mum will swallow the free meal idea hook, line and sink plug, and Mr Clegg will pay for it cos when I'm 18 I'm voting UKIP.
Jonathan Smythe (nearly 6) said the move would be in the (milk) teeth of massive opposition to some forms of potato. “Now there’s talk of compulsory salad,” he told BBC Look East. “And that dinner lady Mrs Wilkins makes you eat it and you can’t hide it under your spam cos she makes you eat that as well, and it makes my friend Jemal cry, leading to potentially irreversible damage in the polls and a threat to political stability promised by Clegg at conference. Clearly Mr Clegg is attempting to curry flavour with our mums, but in reality it’s a disaster waiting to happen. Except on Wednesdays when it’s chocolate custard. If we could just get that free and not the salad or vegetables, that would strike me as a sensible compromise for which the Lib Dems are justly famous. So, could the chocolate custard deal be left on the table? I always have Jemal’s and he cries about that too, cos he likes it more than I do. But that’s politics.”