Willy really is silly

Every graduate in England and Wales will pay 9% of their income above £21,000, for up to 30 years, just as they would a graduate tax; below that, they will pay nothing. Irrationally from the government\’s point of view these income-contingent loans are much less efficient than a proper graduate tax; at best, 70% of the money lent will be recouped, at worst, 50%. But 100% of the cash will go straight to the universities, reinforcing their crucial constitutional autonomy, rather than through the conduit of the Treasury, always ready to raid the proceeds of any tax for anything other than education.

Right, so charging fees means unis are independent of the money grubbers in the Treasury.

Excellent, this defends their Enlightenment freedoms.

Teaching is a public good – it should be paid for in part by public grants.

Therefore, in order to defend the Enlightenment freedoms of universities we must make sure that universities are not free of the money grubbers in the Treasury.

I bet that sort of logic is just wowing them at Hertford College.

7 thoughts on “Willy really is silly”

  1. “Teaching is a public good”: is it, at University level? Perhaps more so than in my day since nowadays Universities do quite a bit of teaching at school level.

  2. I think you’ve invented a claim he’s not actually making.

    Your view is that direct treasury funding compromises universities’ ability to live up to Enlightenment principles, whatever they may be; his view is merely that revenues from a graduate tax are likely to be taken away and pissed up the wall on (jails/diversity coordinators/drugs that don’t work/stupid wars, depending on one’s personal moneywasting bugbears).

  3. Hertford should suit him: “….precarious finances, and the institution went into a decline. At this low point in the College’s history it was dissolved and the site and buildings taken over by Magdalen Hall…..”

  4. It’s not just people in the press who think like this. I recently heard a senior manager of a major university say, with approval of the idea, that if he had been a politician, he would not have cut the State’s grant to universities by so much in order to maintain State control over the universities.

    I could tell that at least some of the other academics in the room were pretty shocked as well.

  5. Umm, johnb, he says:

    “But 100% of the cash will go straight to the universities, reinforcing their crucial constitutional autonomy”

    That seems to me to be a statement that having their own funds guarantees their autonomy, no? Those Enlightenment values TW mentioned and all that?

  6. 9% extra tax above £21,000 for 30 years? Holy fuck. That is fucking outrageous. Still, students are often in favour of more taxation, so they’ll appreciate this, no?

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