There are so many things I should be blogging about in Barnet, but I witnessed a conversation between my daughter and some friends recently on the subject of University fees which brought home to me what a scandalous, unjust and stupid tax this really is. Now as a rule I don't talk about my kids on my blog. It really is not something I want to share, but I couldn't help listen with rising despair to the conversation. She was chatting with several friends about the subject of going to University. She is a very bright girl and I'd say the same is true of her friends. Two, five or ten years ago, they'd all be planning to go to Uni. Now the conversation was all about "Why should I when it will leave me with debts of £30-50,000. They are not stupid. They've done the maths. If these punitive fees are having this effect on our brightest youngsters, what will this do to our economy in 10, 20 or 50 years. Great Britain is a hot house of ingenuity and invention, yet this government of intellectual muppets seems hell bent on forcing us back into the dark ages.
The simple truth is a University education makes you better able to get a job and contribute to the economy. You will more than pay back the taxes with the higher wages you earn. As ever this government wants your slice of the cake as well as theirs. Before the last general election I quit the Labour Party and joined the Lib Dems precisely because every candidate signed a pledge saying they would resist rises in tuition fees. When they got elected, every one of them renaged on that promise and I tore up my party membership. Now I have all the proof I need that the policy is even more damaging than I feared.
The time has come for an urgent rethink. This government rules by stealth tax. They never look beyond the end of their nose.