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University tuition fees are a tax. It’s time to admit it

We'd never accept a system this stupid if we called it by the proper name

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Regardless of how many brains David Willetts has got, it’s not surprising that tuition fees are a mess. They’re a mess because they are a tax, and intended to do the sort of job for which taxes were invented, yet are also pretending not to be one. It’s like needing a dog but buying a cat, and then expecting it to catch a stick.

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