Examples not to use when soliciting sympathy...

Apparently Tuition fees rise 'could end uni dream' for poorer East Lancashire students.

I'm tempted to ask the question, "What dream?" Is it the dream of studying hard at university in order to go on and create a good career for yourself and live a comfortable life, or is it the dream to avoid getting a job and taking on any responsibility for a few more years?

I know a lot of people who have been to university. Off hand I can think of about a dozen I know personally who only went to "uni" so they could stay in education for a bit longer and a further thirty or forty who I have met during the course of my own career.

I know two who went to university for the right reasons. It worked out well for both of them.

Would paying for the privilege of higher education not weed out the slackers who are simply clogging up the system. Surely those with real achievable ambitions will one day find themselves in a position to pay off their student debt fairly comfortably.

I certainly do not want to be paying for anyone to go through higher education. The successful ones will one day be able to pay their own debts, the slackers don't deserve it anyway.

Lets take a look at the emotional article in the Telegraph. The LET is a notoriously Lefty wing paper, so lets see how they will convince us that higher student fees are a bad thing:

STUDENTS could be charged up to £9,000 a year in tuition fees under new Government plans. At present the cap is £3,290 a year, but ministers could allow that to be trebled in ‘exceptional circumstances’. Experts believe this opens the door for England’s top universities to charge the maximum amount. .

Usually, In any walk of life, if you want the best you will have to pay more for it.

We spoke to East Lancashire students, university leaders and MPs to find out what the impact could be.
 Ok, lets see what they said:

A 17-YEAR-old from a single parent family said her ‘dreams were shattered’ by the proposed increase in tuition fees.
Maria Hussain, 17, who lives in Johnson Street, Blackburn, with her mum Nusrat, three sisters and one brother, works part-time as a shop assistant in BHS.
 Call my cynical but.....
How much is this family already costing the taxpayer? And if she's working part time as a shop assistant, will that not help her through uni? When she graduates and becomes a manager and then a regional manager for BHS, will she not then be able to pay off her student debts.

I mean surely she will be rolling in money after she has a degree in.......

She [...] was hoping for a place at Leeds University to study Arabic, law and Islamic studies.
 ???....???
Erm.???

[Pardon me for one minute while I vent my spleen]

If you want to learn Islamic studies then surely the best place to be doing that is FUCKING ISLAMABAD!

"I will be cut off completely from higher education if this rise goes ahead.
“They need to understand that not everyone is rich and people from poor families also have a right to education."
Frankly my dear, I don't give a dam. If anyone deserves to be cut off from higher education, it's those who want to learn Islamic studies at the taxpayers expense. Get an internship in a mosque.

And no, you don't have a "right" to education. Primary and secondary education at a push, you could argue a right to as you are forced to take it and forced to pay for it by the state (Although that's a piss poor definition of a right). University education is privilege that should be given only to the deserving.
 I'm sorry. Maybe that was just a bad example. Lets look at some others:

Lorna, who is studying for A-levels in physics, maths and Spanish at Blackburn College, said: “It is already difficult for my mum who is a single parent on benefits and it will get worse for her children because they will have to get into huge debt to get an education.
“People will not be able to enter into a career to better themselves and get on in life because they have been restricted by the amount of money that have to pay to go to university.”
Not true. You don't have to pay it all upfront. You do have to pay it once you've had it, however as long as you have spent your time bettering yourself, it shouldn't be to much of a problem.

Daniel Jose, who lives with parents, is studying for A-levels in history, politics, English language and literature and psychology.
The 17-year-old, is hoping to attend Manchester University to study history.
He said: “It is not right to make everyone pay more as it will make it really difficult for those who come from poor backgrounds.
“I am going to have to get a huge loan and will have to work the whole way through university which will cause me additional stress on top of my studies.
 Additional stress? Maybe you should think about what you really want to do for a career then get a job in it at the bottom. You'll be earning money, learning on the job and you will still have the time to visit the local library if you really do want to learn history.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire has slammed the fees proposals.

“When graduate unemployment is at a 17-year high, debt levels of this magnitude will deter people from ordinary backgrounds going into higher education and will make HE the preserve of the affluent.
 I beg to differ. Graduate unemployment is at a 17 year high because of Labours stupid notion that everyone should have a right to higher education. Now there are graduates in Media Studies etc who can't get employment anywhere other than McDonalds.

Rather than making HE the preserve of the affluent, we need to make it the preserve of the dedicated student.

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