Looking at what's happening at Lib Dem conference it seems the Green Party is now the only party to oppose university top up fees. Nick Clegg claims that because of the need to make 'savage' public spending cuts (which I am unconvinced of) it is 'dishonest' to claim we can get rid of them, claiming it would cost £2bn a year. Although Charles Kennedy claimed it would only cost £700m, even if the larger figure is accurate we could easily find the money by cutting real waste (not frontline services) from areas like Trident and ID cards.
I can't work out why the cost would have climbed so quickly though!
There is an excellent post on this done by a fellow Green up in Scotland.
By closing tax loop holes and reclaiming some of that £20bn a year lost to corporate tax dodging, abolishing fees and the restoring of statutory grants is only a small part of what we can do towards creating a more equal society.
The Lib Dems in Cardiff Bay tried to make political capital out of their opposition to fees when Plaid shamelessly voted against their own policy and supported Labour's introduction of the charge in Wales. It will be interesting to see how they react to this weekend's developments.
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