Does Nick Clegg think that students are completely stupid (and the poorer the students, the stupider they are)?
In summary, the latest suggestion from Mr Clegg appears to be that students shouldn’t protest too much about the rise in tuition fees, because this will put poor students off going to university. This will supposedly occur because such students will believe that the fees of potentially up to £9,000 a year, against which the protests are targeted, will have to be paid up-front – something that they will not be able to afford.
First, 9 grand a year up-front plus living expenses would be pretty difficult for anyone but the top few percent of households to afford, never mind just the poorest.
But more importantly, does Mr. Clegg really think that students wouldn’t, like, just look into how their university education was going to have to be funded, or that no-one at school would tell them? Instead, they’d just think “there were protests about this, must be too expensive”, stick their fingers in their ears, cover their eyes, and not go to university.
Nice try Mr. Clegg, but it is not going to wash. You are simply not going to be able to talk your way out of this one. You said on during the election that you wouldn’t support a rise in tuition fees and now, having been elected, you are supporting it. If you are not going to volte face once more and go back to opposing it, you might as well just shut up about it and let the tories speak to the increases that are going to be rammed through, because the more that you talk about this issue, the worse you look.