Friday, 10 December 2010

Student debt

It is sad when the only way it is possible to get politicians to respond to the concerns of ordinary people is to have a good rampage; but sadly, that is how disconnected we and they are. Our Labour politicians would no doubt have done roughly the same if they had managed to keep in power: they set up the Browne committee review in the first place, and a graduate tax is the same beast wearing different clothing.

Two points. First, after extensive research in pubs of my acquaintance I have yet to find anyone who thinks it is a good idea to saddle graduating students with between £30,000 and £50,000 of debt, before they have even got their foot on the first rung of the ladder. Camilla may not like paint being thrown at her car; but most families don't like their young adults being treated this way either. And this is before they have to battle with trying to buy their first house when they do find a job.

Secondly, compare the wall-to-wall coverage on BBC news of the demonstrations with the amount of coverage given to the issues at stake.

Anyway, here is some music for the moment .

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