Sir Vince Cable - who went to university in the 1960s, before tuition fees were introduced - has said that “scrapping tuition fees would be stupid” as it would make “an unfair system”. He was part of the cabinet that in 2010 increased the fees from £3,000 a year to £9,000 a year. He believes a system that makes it possible for everyone to attend university would be unfair, but the current system that has resulted in fewer young people from working class families applying, a higher number of first year drop outs, and the worst debt upon graduation of any English speaking country - that’s a fair system. Ironic considering he got to get a Cambridge and University of Glasgow level education for free.
Jo Johnson - Minister for Universities - says he agrees with Sir Cable. Jo Johnson - brother to former Mayor of London Boris Johnson - who is from a wealthy background, attended Eton College - the same school attended by Princes William and Harry for context on how upper class a background he’s from - and then went to university in 1991, when the tuition fees were first introduced at a cost of £1,000.
The irony of these two men, who were afforded every opportunity in life either from a government who didn’t charge for university or from luck of being from wealthy families, thinking it would be “unfair” to enable everyone in this country to get a university education is quite incredible.
The contempt and arrogance that older generations in politics have for young people and their future is unbelievable. People wonder why so many of the doctors and lawyers and such we have are from countries other than our own? This is why. Because the majority of our country are working class, and they’re being set up to fail by a government that wants only for the elite to stay in the elite. It’s disgusting and it’s time for change.