Is it OK for hard-up students to consider taking their clothes off as a way of paying their university tuition fees? The mere suggestion that they could earn a ‘good wage’ doing so by John Specht, UK vice president of the Spearmint Rhino chain of gentlemen’s clubs, has caused controversy.
Of course, I never expected to receive any kind of justice or openness from an investigation which consisted of the Metropolitan Police, whom I consider to be one of the most corrupt and inept institutions in the country, investigating themselves, but their report on my case was even poorer than I could have imagined.
As anyone residing in the UK knows by now, government spending cuts, resulting in sharp tuition hikes, were met by public outcry last year. The frustration continues five months later as the hiked fees begin implementation. From across the pond in America, it seems to us somewhat surprising that so many are up in arms [...]
Four and a half months have passed since police officers pulled me out of my wheelchair, twice, at a demonstration against education cuts and tuition fee increases on December 9th. Since then, and despite an official complaint being made to the “Independent” Police Complaints Commission, I have heard nothing. On the other hand, many [...]
With the news that some of the weakest universities in Britain are going to charge up to £9,000 a year in tuition fees, another scene in the Comedy of Errors of our university system is played out.
The decision to raise university tuition fees has raised an understandable furore. Although personally I am vehemently against any rise in tuition fees, the situation at least, does provide a space to reflect on global education.
Interesting George Osborne article in next month’s Prospect (subscription) in which the Chancellor elaborates on “one particularly dismal moment” of opposition – when the Conservatives voted in 2004 against higher tuition fees repayable after graduation.
We concocted an alternative policy no one really believed in to justify our opposition. I understand the temptation facing the Conservative [...]
My name is Jody McIntyre and I didn’t begin fighting for equality on the 9th December, the night that I was thrown from my wheelchair and dragged across the road by a riot police officer.
In my column for The Independent on Sunday today I say that the only Liberal Democrat MPs entitled to hold their heads high (ish) are Charles Kennedy (right), John Leech* and “the third man”.
Might be a good moment to remind readers of number 200-something in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, which was asked by Stephen Tall at Liberal Democrat Voice more than a year ago.
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