It’s been hailed as a game-changer for younger generations and has become a real talking point in what is turning out to be an eventful General Election, but what does Labour’s plan to eliminate tuition fees really mean for young people and the rest of Britain?
Tuition fees have sparked criticism from young people since they skyrocketed to £9,000 a year in 2012.
Students in 2017 have to contend with a demanding workload, the tough task of finding a job in today’s climate and a mountain of debt – £30,000 and counting.
No wonder we spend so much time in nightclubs downing Jagerbombs and listening to music from the 90s to drown out the doom waiting for us in the ‘real world’.
Tuition fees were, believe it or not, introduced by Labour in 1998, so aren’t their new proposals to scrap them slightly hypocritical?
Either way, Labour’s manifesto states they will be abolishing tuition fees this year if they win the election, meaning no more scary debt when you finally leave education!
‘This policy is clumsy, poorly thought out, and another attempt to win votes from a younger generation’
Sounds good, right?
Or maybe, too good?
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is “campaigning for the all and not the few”, plans to increase taxes to pay for tuition fees to encourage more 18-year-olds to go to university.
Sure, the idea of a free ride is an exciting prospect, but what about those of us who have graduated and already have debt hanging over our head like an ominous cloud?
What about those who have studied for years to become doctors, scientists and barristers who will now have to contend with their own debts, plus pay more tax to fund others’ education?
And will those with crippling university debt be reimbursed in any way? Will what we owe be reduced or even axed in line with Corbyn’s ‘for all’ mantra?
Has Corbyn planned for the outrage that is likely to follow if he scraps fees and doesn’t offer a refund for those of us who are stuck with debts? Probably not.
This policy is clumsy, poorly thought out, and another attempt to win votes from a younger generation.
Labour’s plans to reintroduce the maintenance grant, scrapped by the Conservatives in 2016, could be good idea for those attending university with less money to fund their studies, but what good is this for those of us who have already graduated?
Labour’s plans are unfair, non-inclusive and hypocritical, but what more can we expect from politicians who claim to be working towards a better future for all of us?
I fear that Labour’s manifesto is, in fact, working against itself and sooner or later the cracks will begin to show.