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Graduate Tax Would Deter Many From University Education
As the public sector debt crisis forces the coalition to cut the Universities budget Ian R Thorpe wades into the argument about university education as a right and tuition fees

Graduate Tax Would Deter Many From University Education
by Ian R Thorpe.
2010-08-14
CREATIVE COMMONS: Attribute, non commercial, no derivs.
KEYWORDS: university, education, degree, graduate, pupils, labour, rights, tax, taxpayers, politically correct, equality, minority, law

Graduate Tax Would Hit Low Earners
From The Guardian

Teachers, social workers and nurses would be forced to pay thousands of pounds more for their university degrees if ministers replaced tuition fees with a graduate tax, according to a report today.

The University and College Union (UCU) findings suggest that relatively low earners, such as nurses and teachers, would pay thousands of pounds more if a graduate tax was introduced.

Vince Cable, the business secretary, last month floated the idea of a tax tied to earnings, through which low earners would pay less than they now do for their degrees while those with high incomes

Yeah but, no but - we thought getting a degree opened the gateway to a glittering career with high earnings, professional respect and job security among the many rewards. Could it be the coalition are coming to terms with the reality that we are producing too many graduates for the number of graduate jobs available.

This is, is it not, what the Daily Stirrer has been trying to tell them since we started publishing.

For all their talk of University education being a 'right' and their wailing and gnashing of teeth about funding now when they are no longer in opposition we should remember it was the Labout government, during their thirteen years in power, that introduced tuition fees and the pernicious student loan system that saddles with an enormous debt many graduates whose degree does not bestow upon then the prospect of high earnings. The Labour Party, the progressive left as they like to style themselves is obsessed with rights. They are convinced the major political priorities in this country concern civil rights (including the right on Muslims to mutilate their daughter's genitals and the right of Muslim men to rape their wives. Senior labour figures have recently supported both of these "inalienable human rights" though both would be crimes for followers of any religion except Islam.

Before being dumped out of office the rights obsessed Labour Leadership (Harriet Harperson to be exact) dumped on British businesses and the general public by passing the equalities bills. This farrago of misbegotten ideology was born out of self righteousness and vindictiveness. It denies employers and organisations the right to a fair hearing when complaints of discrimination are made against them. Under the terms of the act if a member of an ethnic, sexual or religious minority or someone marginalised by physical disability or mental illness feels they have been discriminated against no counter argument is permissible. The minority member feels they have been unfairly treated because of their minority group status: case proven.

Madame justice has removed her blindfold and joined the Politically Correct Thought Police.

Among the other "rights" Labour talked of but did not manage to enshrine in the legal codex was the right of everybody to attend university. Didn't get the grades, Single figure IQ? Can't read and write? Want a degree? No problem, if you want a degree it is your right to attend university for three years at taxpayers' expense and be awarded one. What about attending lectures and tutorials, writing essays, submitting course work? Forget it, those things are a monstrous violation of your rights.

If the people who call themselves progressive liberals or the progressive left would stop and try to think for a moment, it would hurt their head a lot they would perhaps get an inkling that their ideology is nothing to do with fairness or equality. Placing certain groups above or beyond the law can never be fair. It is the social policy on which tyranny is founded.

The question of University funding has come to the fore because the University system became bloated under Labour rule. This "right" to attend University idea was growing and being obsessed with rights nobody in the Labour movement ever held up their hand and said, "Hey, how many graduates do we need? Let's forget all this talk of scientists and the knowledge economy, and recruiting menials and tradespeople from developing nations, the country is overcrowded already. It doesn't take much common sense to understand we cannot employ all 60 million of us in candy floss jobs in the public sector and import another twenty million or so from the Indian subcontinent or Eastern Europe to keep things running. How many people do we need doing crap science like finding out if you feed mice a high fat diet they get bigger or trying to grow human sperm in mouse testicles. Sure, it beats working but somewhere along the line someone has to grow food and generate electricity and purify water.

It is absolutely right that taxpayer's should fund University education but we have to set sane and realistic targets. A University education ought to be a highly valued prize awarded to the most intellectually gifted. If it becomes a right then it is worthless. Raising tuition fees to put university education beyond the reach of young people from poorer families is completely the wrong approach to slimming down the bloated higher education system with its crazy degrees in, for example Waste Management with Modern Dance (a course on offer at one of the Universities that used to be a polytechnic.

We should remember that rights are not entitlements. Everybody should have the right to go to University if they meet the qualification standards. And for poorer candidates state funding should be available. That does not mean everybody should go to University or that the lives of those who fail to qualify or who, for whatever reason choose not to go to University should be sidelined.

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