This is how they did it then, and no doubt how the élite universities do it now:
In honour of the government's decision that they don't need actual scientists on the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, I wanted to post a clip from 'The Challenge', a wonderful Yes Minister episode in which Dr. Cartwright explains to the hapless minister that experts are kept away from ministers because they just complicate the issue with their inconvenient facts and knowledge. But it's not on Youtube. Damn.
The Tories put up a 'facts about fees' website which was so misleading that I won't link to it, but I will link to what academics do best: taking apart those 'facts about fees'. Very instructive.
You should also read this great article about 'the death of the public university in England' (thanks to Ms. E-Mentor). Wales and Scotland are fine because they're not ruled by Tories or Lib Dems.