The student activist interwebs have been buzzing in the last 24 hours concerning a statement made by Liam Byrne, the Shadow Minister for Universities, who indicated that Labour would scrap university tuition fees and replace them with a graduate tax.
Interestingly, it was Labour party under the control of Tony Blair that instituted tuition fees in 1997. Prior to that, university education, at least for British citizens, was free. Groups like the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) have come out with strong reservations concerning Labour’s tuition fee policy. Hannah Sketchley, NCAFC NC, said: “Labour is clearly just trying to woo the student voters, and this move shows that students can drive the education agenda. However, we can’t let ourselves be wooed by this one promise – Labour are still promoting an austerity agenda and slashing benefits, especially for the under 25s.”
NCAFC came up with this clever…
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