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Universities, the new motorists?

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Everyone knows that successive governments have plundered the pockets of motorists to swell the National coffers. They know that we will not give up our cars to use overpriced, dirty and unreliable public transport.

It now seems that if something becomes a priority to people and high on their wish list then that too can become a valuable source of income. Higher education has become something which all people are beginning to realise will improve not only the lives of the individual but of society as a whole.

What was once considered the province of the upper and middle classes has become widely available to all. This importance placed on education by the people has opened it up to charges. Not only has public funding for Universities been plundered but now Vince Cable, the Business secretary, has come up with an even better cash cow. Let’s tax Graduates forever. Well, maybe not but it could seem like it. We can also means test them to ensure we get the most out of the process. Not only will this force higher education facilities to increase their bureaucracy to manage tax collection but will also increase the number of civil servants required.

Isn’t it about time that the value of higher education to the country was realised and the country properly funded it?

LONDON - OCTOBER 29:  A student takes part in a demonstration to protest over higher tuition fees on October 29, 2006 in London, England. Students are calling on the British government to reform the new student finance policy. Students who started degree courses in September 2006 will have to pay up to GBP3,000 a year towards their tuition costs.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)