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Betrayal on Fees

Issue No. 1783

'TUITION FEES are to stay.' So reported the Mirror newspaper this week. The government said it would review tuition fees after it admitted it was one of its most unpopular polices. The results of the review are due at the end of this month.

But the Mirror reports, 'The battle to scrap university tuition fees may be over. Plans to replace them with a graduate tax have been shelved because of Treasury fears it will be too expensive.' The speculation gives extra importance to the demonstration called by the NUS.

BP's tax booster

OIL giant BP, one of the largest and most profitable companies in the world, will pay tax at a rate of just 20 percent for the last three months. This is considerably less than the official rate.

The lower tax bill will mean an extra £200 million profit. The move, which is perfectly legal, comes about by BP using concessions available through a variety of technical adjustments.

Loser's reward

LOSE YOUR seat and get handed a top job. That is what has happened to former Labour MP David Lock.

Lock was roundly defeated in his Wyre Forest seat at last June's general election by Dr Richard Taylor, campaigning for Kidderminster Hospital. But that has not stopped him being put in charge of the bodies overseeing the National Criminal Intelligence Service and the National Crime Squad. Lock will get £40,000 a year for working just two days a week in his new job.

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Sat 19 Jan 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1783
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