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Top-up fees could be Chris Patten’s new poll tax

Issue No. 2122

You would think that the middle of an economic crisis would be the worst time to argue to lift the cap on top-up fees for students.

But that is what Oxford university chancellor Lord Patten, the former Tory MP, suggested last week. The fees are currently held at £3,000 for an academic year, already effectively excluding some working class students from university.

Patten knows a thing or two about unpopular measures. As a Conservative minister he was responsible for the unfair Poll Tax.

Perhaps it’s time for a student revolt over fees that would have a similar result to the one over the Poll Tax – the end of the policy and Patten losing his job.


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What We Think
Tue 7 Oct 2008, 18:07 BST
Issue No. 2122
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