Alex Massie

Families Against National Debt

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Actually, it seems to be just one family right now. But perhaps others will join? Anyway FAND asks a good question:

Servicing the national debt is costing the average worker – not a graduate – £27.69 a week. Under [Lord] Browne’s plan [for reforming university funding], a graduate would have to earn £37k before repaying the same weekly sum towards their fees. Why are we angry about the prospect of better-off people paying money in the future for a valuable education, but not angry about worse-off people paying the same amount of money now for nothing whatsoever?

FAND is not impressed by Alan Johnson either but is impressed, though not in a good way, by the ever rising public debt that, as Spectator readers know, will surpass £1.3 trillion by the end of this parliament.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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