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April 29, 2005

This was on the front page of the Times yesterday…

Who edited that one?

Tuition fees

Mr Blair was waffling about his ideas on tuition fees last night and people were accusing other people of discriminating against some other people (the accusers presumably). Anyway, surely the fairest way is to charge everyone the same fee? That, by definition, is absolutely fair. There is no discrimination here because everyone is treated the same. Not even against the poorer people who "can't afford it", no.

It wouldn't be a case of everyone having to pay £1125 or whatever the full amount is at the moment, because at the moment 40% of undergraduates pay nothing at all towards tuition fees. So, if everyone paid the same amount, it would be at most £675. Nothing could be fairer than a flat fee.

Furthermore, if the governement weren't pushing to get half the population into tertiary education, fewer people would need to pay and more people would be in jobs with taxable incomes, so the figure of £675 would come down even more. Solved.

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