From what I can see from the new proposals, it works out financially better for the students from the poorest households. Which to me is better than what we have at present, introduced by Labour. It's also implementing the recomendations of the Browne report, which Labour actually commissioned and pledged to support, so how they have the brass neck to try and accuse the Lib Dems of dishonesty now, is frankly unbelievable. In fact, the last Labour government even went to court in order to have it ruled that election manifesto pledges weren't enforcable, such was their commitment to electoral dishonesty.
Honestly, you couldn't make this up, could you? But that's what the current Labour Party have sunk to.
I remember sitting in the Labour conference in brighton, when Blair promised that a Labour government would not introduce ID cards, they also promised not to introduce course top up fees, so; so much for honesty eh Labour?
I'm no lover of the new system of higher education funding, but nor do I like the current Labour one either. I thought that was a disgraceful move by the the last lot. But, if we as a country are determined to keep sending (in my opinion) a ridiculous percentage of our population through degree level courses, then it has to be paid for, without increasing our annual financial deficit. We simply cannot keep borrowing, as per the last government, who turned the theory of counter cyclical spending completely on its head by borrowing heavily through the boom years, whilst hoping that the debt (housing) funded bubble would continue to expand indefinately.
If ever there was a betrayal of the working classes, making ordinary people debt slaves to the banking sector by actively encouraging (through policy) average housing costs to increase to 7 or 8 times the average salary, before people could even put a roof over their heads, was it. Thank you for nothing Gordon, I hope you think your own personal political ambitions were worth it? I don't, you vile man.
WR, you really need to cut out the blind tribalism and address the facts, otherwise you'll just continue appearing silly. The Labour Party have no coherent policy at the moment and instead, prefer to distract the populous from this weak position by attempting to create a split within the coalition government. In part, that's politics, but without a coherent plan, in my mind, they don't have a leg to stand on and their methods look like the worst form of opportunist 6th form debating society tactics, as indeed do yours. They will not form a credible opposition if they carry on like this, there are far too many gaping holes in their own arguments and no amount of wishful thinking on the left (and there is a lot) will alter that. Prepare for a long time in opposition and at least one change of leader, probably before the next election.
Edited by Haloman, 10 December 2010 - 05:47 AM.