Dodgy arguments 2

August 15, 2003

Government ministers apparently think that "they can win the argument on top-up fees because middle-class parents won't pay a penny, unless they choose to support their children" ("Battle to stave off fees defeat", THES , August 8).

For a government so keen on family values, children's rights and the like, this seems a remarkable policy. When did encouraging parents not to support their children become part of government strategy? Does New Labour have any guidelines for an appropriate age to abandon them?

Ian Reader
Lancaster

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