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Lifting the cap on tuition fees isn't just an attack on young people -- it's much, much worse than that.
You've got it Nick, a private University system to serve the private sector, which will leave the less well off in the cold and will transform Britain not into "little Britain" but in "Little America".
I too believe that is part of the plan.
"This is one area of public spending where all the right-wing vitriol in the world hasn't dented the overwhelming popularity of the NHS"
If the basket case NHS is overwhelmingly popular, how come your elite come to the US in droves for their medical care? If the NHS is so wonderful, how come your not so elite can get private health care in the UK because they have medical insurance. Your NHS is a perfect example of what government can do under Socialism. The last I heard the NHS had more bureaucrats than medical personnel. That may explain why some people wait a year or more for an operation. If you want something f@cked up give it to the government to run. Some of you honestly believe that your health care is free!!. Let the free market work things out and it will be done cheaper and better. The NHS has little competition. They don't have to be competitive or professional. Is there a place for government watch dogs and regulation? The bankers gave us the answer to that. A society should take care of those that can't for themselves. The rest should be privatized. All three of your political parties are Socialists. And they are taking turns in digging the hole deeper and deeper.
@PhilD: David Vinter is spot on. It's very simple economics: income minus cost of living equals savings, savings equals investment. Investment equals returns. And compound returns as David knows equals freedom. Didn't you do A level economics? I've noticed that most left-wingers have no idea of economics, mirco or macro. How can you study history and politics without really grasping economics? The stock markets are a fantastic way in which people can take a share of a company and be rewarded with its profits. So many workers are benefiting from having this ability to invest, and so many firms are benefitting from the facility. Its win win situation from all of mankind.
Its good that you recognise that some of your purchases were wasteful. I can't understand why you need bedroom furniture: I just chuck my stuff on the floor. And mattresses can be found in the street or you can just use a camping mat with some cardboard underlay. You don't need much when you're young. I hope you haven't got a car. And I hope you spent a lot of your traveling time in a tent. You can't have your cake and eat it. Another way is to get together with like minded people and start a commune or coop: such a situation enables you to reduce costs and increase revenue. The power of the group is stronger than that of an individual.
@David Vinter: I hope you are taking stuart's advice and going down the gym to train as a cage fighter: there's over 85s division y'know.
13 October 2010 at 17:00"
Now that was funny.
Three big stars right on your forehead. ***
Laurie Penny is a contributing editor to the New Statesman.