Economic (basket) case (2 of 2)

December 16, 2010

Raoul Franklin showed the form we used to appreciate at the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals and Universities UK ("The hidden dangers of higher tuition fees", Letters, 9 December). The effects of the coalition's policy on migration show just how weak its economic case is.

European Union students will not have to emigrate in order to avoid repayment but simply return to their home countries, taking them beyond the reach of the English tax regime. Will European law allow us to discriminate and make them pay up front?

If the government believes that the sole purpose of education is to fuel the economy, it is good to see it give our competitors such an advantage.

Norman Gowar, Kent.

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