Being cynical

Gordon Brown has come out in support of the Prime Minister's policy o­n university top-up fees. Given their past history of spats, it is not surprising that I find myself deeply cynical about this. What is the hidden agenda?
When I was a hard-working clerical worker, some forty years ago, I thought students should pay for their higher education. But sadly today, I see too many graduates working in fast food outlets. And there are too many students having to work long hours at low-paid jobs, just to have enough food to eat. Being a university student is about having a way of life which allows the mind to concentrate o­n the tasks at hand and to roam freely to think impossible dreams. What chance do modern students have unless Mummy or Daddy has the wherewithall to support them? And what chance does that give future generations in our country?

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