Friday, 12 November 2010

The Times publish my letter on tuition fees

Sir, 
I take issue with your leading article (“Politics and Pantomime”, Nov 11). In emphasising that many do not or cannot go to university you obscure what should be our priority: that anyone suitably qualified, irrespective of the wealth of their parents, ought to be able to attend university without fear of huge and rising debts. Second, graduates are not the only beneficiaries of university study, so are the economy and wider society.
Your narrow, economic case chips away, perhaps deliberately, at the core principle behind other key areas of state provision. Only recently, the idea of encumbering graduates with £30,000-plus of debt would have met with howls of derision.
How long before the same thinking is applied to the NHS? After all, some people benefit more from its benevolence than others.
John Slinger
Rugby, Warks

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