Lib Dems Promised to Oppose Rise in Student Tuition Fees

But that was before they got the ministerial jags.

Now, according to the Financial Times:

Vince Cable said Lord Browne’s radical shake-up of higher education funding was “on the right lines”

15 comments on “Lib Dems Promised to Oppose Rise in Student Tuition Fees

  1. robert on said:

    Liberal Democrats.

    What is the point of them?

    Why don’ they just dissolve themselves and join the Tories?

  2. jim mclean on said:

    And now we have the West Lothian question popping up with Sir Menzies Campbell and Charles Kennedy indicating that they will vote against the Coalition rather than abstain.

  3. Every one on the Left should do all they can to help students at this time to oppose the rise in student fees – many of us are from the generation of free education. Now working class and lower middle class kids will not have access to higher education unless they beg and are lucky enougth to receive a bursery (charity at its worse). All education is to be turned into a “market” and students like citizens are to be no more than consumers buying an “education product”. And all this supported 100% by those Tory Liberal Democrats.

    Join the NUS and many others on the National Demo against cuts on Wednesday 10 November details at:

    Students will also be joing other trade unionists on the huge anti cuts demo on 20th October details at:

    “Commenting on the release of the review, Aaron Porter, NUS President said:

    “If adopted, Lord Browne’s review would hand universities a blank cheque and force the next generation to pick up the tab for devastating cuts to higher education. The only thing students and their families would stand to gain from higher fees would be higher debts.”

    “A market in course prices between universities would increasingly pressure on students to make decisions based on cost rather than academic ability or ambition. Those already feeling the pinch will clearly be unwilling to take such a gamble and face being priced out of the universities that would opt to charge sky-high fees.”

    “There is no clear assurance that a hike in fees would improve student choice or quality and the evidence since fees tripled four years ago shows that neither student satisfaction nor quality has improved. Universities have not made the case for what they would do with more.”

    “Any graduate contributions to universities should be determined by earnings in the real world after graduation, not fixed prices based on unreliable and misleading guesswork about average salaries.”

    Full NUS response at:

  4. Nick Clegg on said:

    Honestly, I don’t see what the problem is.

    Why can’t students just ask their parents to pay the fees for them?

    The fees for most universities will still be cheaper than Westminster School where I went; so they are well within the affordable reach of people like me.

  5. At Treasury Question Time Cable stated that any promises made during the election were now open to review. So Cameron’s promises regarding Winter Fuel payments and the Freedom Pass can no longer be relied on.

    What is the point of a General Election where the parties state positions which they then change after the election. This Government has no legitimacy and those who oppose it are entitled to take any action necessary to return the country to democratic control.

  6. The government needs to stop subsidising the young into a lifetime of debt slavery. If that means abolishing student loans and raising the cost of higher education then I’m all for it, unfortunately they’re not doing this though.

    We don’t need 50% of the country going to university when only about 5-10% benefit, the rest are just wasting time, losing out on three years’s worth of earnings and handing over the bulk of their student loan to rich landlords which cripples them later.

    Say “No” to more debt.

  7. Manzil on said:

    Reading the comments on websites like Lib Dem Voice is revealing.

    ‘Middle class welfare’, ‘subsidising students’ and even explicit endorsements of ‘liberal’ free markets in education all pop up. Opposition is, it appears, very much a minority stance within the party. A split will not be happening.

    The Lib Dems are acclimatising themselves to a big-tent, Christian Democratic project in this country. Clegg has been explicit in breaking with any semblance of a centre-left, social liberalism. We are seeing a centre-right reorganisation of British politics, with the outright conversion of the junior coalition partner into an enabler of Cameronite ‘wet’ conservatism.

    There can be no more talk of the liberal tradition’s overlapping with that of labourism, socialism and social democracy. It is breaking with welfare-capitalism, the only tenuous connection it had to the working class and to labour movement politics.

  8. jim mclean on said:

    Clegg is the Liberal’s Ramsey McDonald, many seats will be lost at the next election and with the failure of Clegg to get little more than a referendum on the crappy AV system means that they cannot even hang on through PR.

  9. Join the 20th Oct demo on said:

    Students should now be demonstrating vs the attacks on them by the Condem Govt on the 20th and campaigning vs local Liberal Dem MPs who are propping up Cameron’s reactionary Govt. If Liberal Mps are serious about no increase in fees they need to ditch Clegg/Cable now.