Friday, 10 December 2010

Future Uncertain

"The government has survived a revolt by Liberal Democrat and Conservative MPs over its plans to increase university tuition fees in England. The policy was approved by 21 votes, with the coalition's majority cut by almost three-quarters following an impassioned five-hour Commons debate. Three ministerial aides quit the government in order to vote against it. The coalition motion, backed by 323 votes to 302, would raise fees to a maximum of £9,000 a year."

extract from BBC report, Thursday 9 December 2010

*****

And now, the Department
must learn to live
in this Brave New World.

12 comments:

  1. Great book and disgraceful Lib-Dems.

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  2. The saddest thing about all this is how disappointed I feel about all those pledge-signing mps who have u-turned - and how unsurprised I am about it - what a cynic British politics has turned us all into

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  3. Education education education. What a phenomenal cost to all future students and what a shame.

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  4. Good luck for the months and years ahead. Well, good luck to all of us, if I'm being completely honest.

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  5. Perhaps my outsiders view is somewhat simplistic, but I can't imagine that those being educated caused the problems they will now be funding.

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  6. As a mutual friend said last night, don't get me started.

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  7. While I am completely against the phenomenal rise in tuition fees (I have teenagers so it will hit us hard soon)I do think people are failing to grasp the nature of a coalition government. The Lib-Dems did not win the election and therefore cannot deliver all their election promises.

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  8. Oh dear. I find myself wringing my hands a lot these days. And muttering "WE voted them in...." or alternatively, "We didn't vote hard enough...." It's all very depressing and disappointing.

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  9. In the eighties, my husband was at a University that nearly went bankcrupt and was 'saved' by a merger with the local polytechnic. It was a great 'opportunity' - lecturers were sacked, early retirement packages were taken in fear. Within five years, they were taking on staff in a breathless haste and spending money in vast quantity. None of this helped any student to get a good degree, now the current generation are being expected to pick up the tab.
    MP's who thought they'd never have to make good on their pledges might think twice next time they campaign.

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  10. Terrible. Meanwhile, over here, we give tax breaks to quadrillionaires.

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  11. My thoughts are with you through this hideous period in the government's treatment of higher education x

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