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The five must-read blogs from today, including tuition fees and Nick Clegg’s £9,000 bill.

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1. Has Michael Gove revealed the real thinking behind the fees hike?

Sunder Katwala highlights a Times piece by the Education Secretary which argued for a more elitist university system.

2. A grad tax by any other name?

Paul Waugh asks whether the coalition's fees policy is essentially a graduate tax – and notes Lib Dem frustration that the government refused to brand it as such.

3. Five reasons to oppose the trebling of fees

Left Foot Forward's Will Straw warns that the coalition's higher education plans will leave students of all backgrounds worse off.

4. Labour – take this seriously.

Hopi Sen argues that an extended coalition could keep Labour out of power for years, and considers how it can provide successful opposition.

5. Phoney Nick Clegg spent £9,000 to hire crowds for town-hall meetings

Political Scrapbook notes that the apparent groundswell of support for Nick Clegg in April and May was not all that it seemed.

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