Why shouldn’t students pay?

TWO days before the vote in the House of Commons to increase the cap on tuition fees to £9,000, a young Polegate tradesman came to fit a couple of locks.

He is striving to maintain his own business in home improvements.

He never went to university, nor needed to for the work he wanted to do.

Why should students expect him to pay for them and all future scholars to attend university, eventually to secure jobs resulting in rates of pay which my tradesman could only dream of?

We hear a lot about the benefits to society of university students, even the so-called peaceful among their fraternity who go on demonstrations and present to the world placards containing implicit gutter language.

We are reminded how they provide, for example, our future doctors, engineers and scientists. That much cannot be denied.

Nor can the truth that the main beneficiaries are the recipients of the university education themselves.

Nor further can it be denied that when they reach the top of their particular trees, the doctors, engineers and scientists will be ‘coining it’, to the extend that a payment of £9,000 will be a pinprick in their pay packets.

Our Member of Parliament has said that although he agreed with the excellent case made by Dr Vincent Cable in the House, paradoxically he voted according to the wishes of his constituents.

I too am one of Stephen Lloyd’s constituents, and I protest, to the point of political, not personal, resentment, at the way he voted in the debate on tuition fees.

Edward Thomas

Collington Close

Eastbourne