Tuition fees

Theresa May’s tuition fee review is a grave political mistake

30 May 2019 11:11

Reforms to the funding of higher education over the past decade, although not perfect, have been broadly successful. There’s now…

Theresa May’s tuition fees plan is rotten politics

20 February 2018 12:37

I don’t really object to bad policy, it’s the rotten politics I can’t stand. There would be something almost amusing…

Does Theresa May know what she’s getting herself into?

19 February 2018 14:08

What does Theresa May want post-18 education to look like? The Prime Minister’s plans for tuition fees are getting the…

Theresa May risks conceding the argument to Labour on tuition fees

19 February 2018 12:21

After last month’s purge of the Department for Education and following months of speculation among Tory MPs, No 10 have…

The Spectator Podcast: The truth about plastic

18 January 2018 17:43

On this week’s episode, we investigate the truth about plastic, the environmental enemy du jour in 2018. We also try…

Tory nerves grow over No 10’s plans for tuition fees

11 January 2018 11:34

Theresa May’s Cabinet reshuffle proved puzzling for a number of reasons – from what the point was, to why Chris…

There’s a progressive argument to be made for tuition fees – why won’t the government make it?

16 October 2017 18:04

Ever since Labour won over young voters at the last election, the Conservatives have been trying to work out how…

Forget about tuition fees; the Tories should be explaining to young voters why national debt matters

14 September 2017 14:16

As part of an effort to win over younger voters, the government is reportedly considering changes to tuition fees such…

Will Labour’s tuition fee row end Corbyn-mania?

24 July 2017 11:37

As Theresa May sets off hiking in the Italian alps, CCHQ can take heart that – for a change – it’s not Conservative…

Students are right to vote Labour

4 July 2017 10:30

Almost everything which is said officially about student finances is obfuscatory and contradictory, starting with Damian Green’s assertion at the…

Is Jeremy Corbyn really out to help the poor?

6 June 2017 9:30

Is Jeremy Corbyn really out to help the poor – or just to entice the middle classes into his big…

Nick Clegg reveals his biggest coalition regret (and it isn’t tuition fees)

14 October 2015 9:53

It’s fair to say that during Nick Clegg’s time in the coalition, the former deputy Prime Minister appeared to make a…

Election podcast special: four days to go

3 May 2015 19:26

In today’s election special podcast, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I attempt to explain why Ed Miliband unveiled a stone…

Young votes are there to be won but politicians don’t seem interested

19 April 2015 14:12

If I had a penny for every time a politician or a journalist insinuated that of all the issues facing…

Nick Clegg sets out red lines for coalition negotiations with Labour and the Tories

13 April 2015 20:59

Nick Clegg produced Lib Dem red lines for any coalition with either Labour or the Tories in an interview with…

Lib Dems are promising to revolutionise mental health care. This is opportunism, pure and simple

16 March 2015 17:40

Given their record in government, any sane person would regard a pledge by the Liberal Democrats with a healthy dose…

With proper support, state-educated kids beat the privately-educated. Here’s the proof

8 March 2015 9:45

The Sunday Times today reports proof of what many have long suspected: that if you give bright disadvantaged kids the…

Two parties, two failures of logic

28 February 2015 10:24

Two party election policies, two failures to think things through. Or, at least, to engage with realities. First, Labour announces…

England’s university tuition fees are working – to prove it, look at Wales

27 February 2015 14:20

I’ve just seen a poster from the NASUWT teaching union at a stall they have taken at this year’s Welsh Tory…

Lord Brocket: Eddie Redmayne gives hope to Old Etonians

23 February 2015 17:23

Chris Bryant found time to congratulate Eddie Redmayne on his best actor Oscar today despite previously claiming that British culture should…