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ConDem savings on student fees to be given in new aid to Africa Watch

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    Wow.


    Student fee 'savings' will fund windmills in Africa

    The cause of the major political story of last week – the row over tuition fees, students rioting and all – was, as we all know, “public spending cuts”. But how much money does the Government actually hope to save on tuition fees? If the immediate problem is our massive state deficit, it seems odd that the Government should risk such unpopularity, not for any immediate saving, but in the hope that it will get the money back over the next 30 years, as students can afford to repay it.

    In the short term, the Government’s own projection as to how much it will save is that the funding of university tuition will be cut by £2.9 billion by 2014. As it happens, £2.9 billion is the sum ring-fenced, by the same public spending review, to be given to developing countries to help them fight global warming with windmills and solar panels. It is also slightly less than the £3 billion by which our public debt is rising every week. These much-vaunted “cuts” are not all we are led to believe.

    So they care more about industrialists who engineer parts for export so Africa can build unneeded machines fight a non-existent problem than they do students...
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    The two shouldn't be mutually exclusive. This country ought to be able to fund higher education and foreign aid and development.
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      Can I ask what source you got this from? The language seems to clever for the dailymail though...

      Meh, I doubt they both are exclusive since it's just making cuts. At the end of the day they'll have a pile of money they've "saved" (By making students borrow bigger loans to pay back the bigger fees...?) from everything and then divide it amongst whatever. The country needs to stop seeing itself as a world superpower and start being more independent, it shouldn't be trying to fix everyone elses problems before solving its own or bending over to the US as much.
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      (Original post by Xhotas)
      Can I ask what source you got this from? The language seems to clever for the dailymail though...

      Meh, I doubt they both are exclusive since it's just making cuts. At the end of the day they'll have a pile of money they've "saved" (By making students borrow bigger loans to pay back the bigger fees...?) from everything and then divide it amongst whatever. The country needs to stop seeing itself as a world superpower and start being more independent, it shouldn't be trying to fix everyone elses problems before solving its own or bending over to the US as much.
      The Telegraph.

      Heard something very similar recently - Cambridge has been told to make X amount of savings in the coming years. Strangely enough, the exact price of our mishap-prone guided bus...
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      It's rather a coincidence that the amount saved on students is £2.9bn and the amount of new aid given out is £2.9bn.

      There's supposed to be less money available, right? So where did they get that £2.9bn additional aid for Africa if not from the student budget?

      Closing tax loopholes. Nope.
      Leaving Afghanistan. Nope.
      Leaving European Union. Nope.
      Robin Hood tax. Nope.
     
     
     
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