Plan to end student grants without Commons vote outrages opposition

Students protest at Westminster in November 2015 against plans to scrap the grants [Image: Stephanie Kalber/Demotix/Corbis].


Here’s another Tory attack on democracy, on the poor, on aspiration and on choice.

As the placard in the image states, education is not a privilege. Deprive anyone of education and you could be depriving the world of the next great scientific, artistic, cultural or political genius.

George Osborne is not pushing this plan through without a democratic vote because he wants to save money, and he certainly isn’t doing it as a minor adjustment.

He’s sabotaging the future. Yours, and that of your children.

Ministers have been accused of an “outrageous” attempt to sneak through their proposals to end student grants in England without proper scrutiny by MPs.

The plan to scrap maintenance grants, which help half a million of the poorest students pay for university life, will go through a legislation committee on Thursday, without a vote and debate on the floor of the House of Commons.

Source: Plan to end student grants without Commons vote outrages opposition | Politics | The Guardian

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10 thoughts on “Plan to end student grants without Commons vote outrages opposition

  1. Terry Davies

    tony blair stopped grants and introduced loans and debts for students. this has reduced numbers of working class youngsters applying for university places. Gove has done nothing to improve matters and this recent underhand development will make education accessibility even worse.
    Tory voters in the working classes are now regretting their choice. remember the holocaust this is the start of a comparable movement in the UK. we have not learned from events in germany. Hitler would be proud his influence is still alive and kicking in the UK tory right wing.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      No, Margaret Thatcher introduced student loans. I was a student when she was pushing the legislation through Parliament.
      So, of course, the current Tory government will continue the trend.

  2. NMac

    They are trying desperately to take this country back to the dark days when only the wealthy could afford any sort of education at all. For many years now various Tories have spoken of the 19th century as some sort of golden age. For the wealthy it was, but for the majority it was a time of severe hardship and misery.

  3. Joan Edington

    The main complaint is how the Tories are pushing so much through without debate. In this case, however, it would have made no difference since a large number of MPs, who would have liked to vote against the move, would not have, since education is a devolved mater.

  4. john blacker

    As you can clearly see, the conservative’s austerity scam is working just fine. This is because the economic crisis cause by the corrupt fractional reserve banking system is turning the entire planet into dumbed down debt slaves – to the point, even most of the population can not even understand that 2 jets crashing into 2 skyscrapers (1&2) can actually collapse 3 buildings (1,2 & 7 ) at free-fall acceleration into their own footprint offering less resistance than chewing gum.

    Most of our “Educated” morons think this scenario is even physically possible without the use of cutter charges and high explosives – so hey – why have that useless education – if it is only “Conspiracy theorists” who can work out the god damned Maths & Physics?

    Good luck with your new education in debt slave serfdom UK – you deserve it!

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