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How to build policies for X-Factor Britain

By WILLIAM_DAVIES  

We now know that Gordon Brown wants a meritocratic Britain modeled upon the X-Factor. Hidden talent should be teased out, supported and celebrated, while the talentless should be publicly humiliated by a millionaire with a perma-tan in a skin-tight black t-shirt. Maybe not the second bit.

Brown will therefore be as alarmed as anyone by last week’s research from the Sutton Trust showing that low income students are being put off attending university by fear of debt. Residual bitterness towards Blair may even be stirred up, as the question of how to fund higher education was the cause of one…

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