Johnson insults Turing with foreign education scheme on the cheap

Last Updated: March 9, 2021By Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Insult AND injury: if the injustice he suffered while he was alive wasn’t bad enough – and remember, it drove him to suicide – it seems Boris Johnson is trying to make it worse by linking one of the UK’s greatest minds with a scheme that will actually prevent students from achieving their potential.

We always knew the UK backed out of the ‘Erasmus’ scheme, for UK students to study in the EU, for only one reason: to save money.

Now the scale of Boris Johnson’s cheapness is becoming clear.

The new scheme, named after Bletchley Park code-cracker Alan Turing, will send students all over the world, rather than just into the EU.

But it will not pay for their tuition. Instead, universities are to be urged to agree tuition fee “waivers” with their counterparts abroad. Does anybody really think that’s going to happen?

Nor will the new scheme pay travel costs for UK students to study abroad – except in the case of students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds (but we know that the Tories are biased against such students from last year’s ‘A’ level results so it seems unlikely that any travel costs will be paid at all).

The European Commission had paid up to £1,315 for UK students to study in the EU, so this will seriously hinder the ability of poorer students to travel.

Oh, and just for good measure, the living allowance has been slashed – by a fifth, according to the Scottish National Party.

Originally, Johnson had promised that UK students would remain part of the far better-funded Erasmus.

But it seems clear that he changed his mind when he realised there was an opportunity to cut spending – and victimise poorer UK citizens at the same time.

(Rich students will still be able to study abroad if they want, because they can rely on the bank of mummy and daddy.)

Instead, he announced the new Turing scheme, doing his best to make it sound like a huge stride forward into a brighter, wider world:

In fact, Johnson is pushing us into darkness and isolation.

Source: New ‘Erasmus’ scheme will not pay tuition or travel costs and living allowance slashed | The Independent

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  1. disabledgrandad March 10, 2021 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    The scummy Tory way take a brilliant man treated like crap by a Tory government and driven to suicide and use his name for a crap scheme! All the while denying students access to the better scheme just to save money!!!

    What does this say about Tory scum? Well to me it says we have complete contempt for students and Alan Turing’s memory using his name for this pile of festering garbage.

    What is the point in a scheme to pay students to study overseas that doesn’t include travel, the cost of study and god knows what else?

    Oh, of course, it says only the wealthy scumbags like our kids get the chances in life you normal people, as usual, you will be denied a better life through education especially overseas!

  2. Stu March 10, 2021 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Just like the way that Theresa May created an inward spiral (as opposed to a circle) of friends and was left all alone, Bojob appears to be doing the same with Britain who will be left a shadow of it’s former self.
    In fact he may be left with only England at his present rate – a big fish in a small pond ?

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