Monday, 24 January 2011

Chiselling little liars

The government - especially Mr Clegg - has been going round telling everyone who'll listen that the tuition fees system they're introducing will be fairer and 'progressive', and that the protests are generated by people who either haven't understood or won't read the plans.

This is an utter lie. The system isn't progressive or fairer. Christopher Prendergast has looked at the small print and it turns out - OMG! - that you'll be paying from the same starting salary as now, allowing for inflation, that the rich will pay their fees off much faster, that you'll be paying for much longer and the interest will be much higher.

And let's not forget that the higher fees won't cover the withdrawal of the Universities Teaching Grant, so you'll be getting a worse education too.

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