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Universities should be free-to charge students what they like. Alan Ryan, Warden of New College, Oxford, says Dearing is already out of date, the system must be deregulated

By Alan Ryan   October 1997

Labour education policy is a mess, but we should not mock. The last election was fought on two wonderfully self-destructive slogans. When the Tories said: “Labour has stolen our policies-and they will not work,” Labour replied: “Tory spending targets are absurd-and we will adhere to them.” Quite right. The policies won’t work; the targets were absurd; the government has stuck to them, and it will all end in tears. The search for improved standards in schools has encountered local government rate-capping, and come off the worse. The Kennedy report on further education has sunk without trace. And the Dearing report…

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