Tory Theresa’s double-standards over degree education

Well, no workable policies. Theresa May has again displayed her lack of intelligence.

You have to admire Theresa May’s cheek, don’t you?

Or perhaps I mean: You have to laugh at her stupidity.

She has announced a review of student tuition fees, and has also called for an end to “outdated values” that favour university – degree-level – education over technical qualifications.

Of course, the combined research power of the social media has already made a fool of the dung-plated dunce of Number 10.

Firstly, she voted to triple student tuition fees as a member of the Coalition cabinet – a particularly two-faced move after voting against tuition fees proposed by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown’s New Labour governments.

Secondly, the Tories were behind the shift away from technical qualifications – pushing tech colleges to change to universities during the early 1990s.

I was in college at the time (yes, I’m that old) and remember it very clearly.

Mrs May is – rather desperately – trying to justify her review by saying universities are charging too much for some courses and should bring their prices down.

But didn’t her government give them carte blanche to do so? Yes, I think it did.

The aim – allegedly – was to create a “competitive market” among universities, with institutions vying to charge the least in order to attract students.

But that hasn’t happened – they all charged the maximum.

Mrs May’s idea that fees should be variable according to the quality of the course is another duffer, designed to create further division in among UK citizens; obviously, Oxbridge will charge the most, making it unreachable by people who are talented but have no money.

So a British university education will continue to be among the most expensive in the world, no matter what.

The higher-rated university authorities need to think very carefully about this, though. Many Tory MPs and cabinet members have such places on their CVs, and have proved to be utter buffoons. Theresa May is one of them, having attended Oxford.

She is hardly an advert for that august institution!

Critics in the Tory Party, like former Education Secretary Justine Greening, have said May’s plan to tinker with the system won’t do any good. She has suggested cancelling interest payments on student loans and reviving maintenance grants for poorer students.

All of the suggestions being discussed by the Tories are apparently aimed at reviving support from young people – and they’re all pointless.

Labour would end tuition fees altogether – and would also restore maintenance grants.

In comparison to that, the Tories have nothing to offer but a lifetime of debt.

Here are a few of the more choice comments from the social media:

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5 thoughts on “Tory Theresa’s double-standards over degree education

  1. NMac

    Basically the Tories don’t want young people from working class and poorer backgrounds to have the opportunities for a University education. They want to go back to the days when Universities were exclusive to the wealthy and aristocrats. They are taking this country back to the 19th century – people need to wake up and see exactly what they are doing.

  2. Daniel

    What I can’t understand is the constant refrain from mainstream journalists and right-wing politicians that students “should share the cost of their tuition, as they will benefit from higher earnings when qualified” – don’t they understand that if graduates are earning higher salaries than non-graduate, then they will be paying higher taxes on those increased earnings! THAT’S how they will pay for their tuition…

  3. rotzeichen

    Brilliant caption, empty vessels make most noise, the Tories tend to shout above the crowd, but have nothing worth listening to.

    Turn everything they say on its head, and you might get nearer the truth.

  4. Domhnall MacCoinnich

    Britain and England (and perhaps Wales?) is being used interchangeably here. Scotland does not have University fees for its citizens/population, so how can it be included in the most expensive degrees category? It was in fact an opportunity to show that another way is possible and highlight that one is in fact being carried out within the UK itself. Yes, Scottish universities charge English (and perhaps Welsh?) citizens/population full fees but then Scottish students get charged full fee if they go to England (and perhaps Wales?).
    Missed opportunity and a bit politically/culturally ignorant/arrogant?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Are Scottish students not charged full fees because the Scottish Parliament pays for them? If so, then the fees are still being paid, and still by the Scottish people, but from the public purse – and it would be wrong to say that no fees are being paid at all.

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