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

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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.
Issue 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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