Ed Miliband gets it so wrong on his ‘Big Idea’

Labour leader Ed Miliband has come up with a brilliant ‘Big Idea’ for the Labour Party – under Labour you won’t be better off than under the Tories, you will just be less worse off.

What is this Big Idea? It is his announcement to lower the cap on student tuition fees to £6,000 a year, down from the current £9,000 cap. It would be partly funded by higher interest on student loans for graduates earning more than £65,000 a year.

What does Ed think the reaction will be. It was Labour who brought us tuition fees, it was Labour who originally increased them to £3,000, and now he thinks people will flock back if Labour are regressive but just not as regressive as the Tories!

Of course a £3,000 reduction will help those with children at university, but it is hardly the promise of a radical government. The debate in Labour and in the media is still focused on which Miliband is right for Labour. How about a debate on the right policies?

4 Responses

  1. What a bloody joke.

    I know it doesn’t mean much but I totally agree with everything you have written here. I am appalled

  2. I agree with Harris. The benefits of a university education should not be underestimated, especially as a way of tackling social equality.

    Perhaps it is in recognition that when in power you can’t pay for all the things as a party you would aspire do to. But this this announcement is a real missed opportunity.

    Supporting young people from poorer backgrounds to should be a priorty for Labour. Not discouraging them with the fear of a life-time of debt. 

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