In the first of a series of blogs this week looking at the politics of class, Alastair Campbell discusses Laura Wade’s Posh. The play, which, if any comparisons with the notoriously elite Bullingdon Club are drawn (of which Conservative trio David Cameron, George Osborne and Boris Johnson were all members) opens a more disturbing concern than our political leaders not knowing the price of milk. Last year the Prime Minister denied that there were similarities between the club he was famously a member of, and the destructive behaviour witnessed in the summer riots.
I rather like David Willetts’ suggestion that students look upon student fees as “more as an obligation to pay higher income tax” than a debt.
This emphasises the fact that former students generally earn considerably more over their lifetime than those who don’t go into higher education. It also emphasises the retrospective nature of the payback.
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