Tweet The 'strong hints' being dropped by leading Lib Dems that there will, after all, be a cap on the level of fees charged by universities is clearly aimed at reassuring their supporters that they haven't completely abandoned their opposition. But it's a meaningless concession if the level is set so high, as seems likely, as to prevent no university from charging the amount which they were planning on anyway.
Telling universities that they can go so far, but no further, is just a pointless bit of rhetoric if they weren't planning to go that far anyway. But in fact, it could actually have a negative impact on the situation - the upper limit could rapidly become the norm. Universities which were thinking in terms of a lower number could end up standardising at the same level as everyone else. It may not be what the Lib Dems intend; but that's the whole point about the law of unintended consequences.
The case against the snooper's charter remains unchanged - It was interesting, though not unexpected, that following the appalling attrocity in Woolwich, many of the usual voices re-emerged calling for the reinstat...
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