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In defence of Labour’s free tuition fee policy

Critics say the proposal is unaffordable. But this is really a debate about how we view education

By Abi Wilkinson  

If free fees are "unaffordable", would a general tax not make it easier to fund? Photo: PA

The truth is, I don’t actually care that much about tuition fees. It might seem odd to begin an article by declaring a lack of interest in its subject matter, but I feel like it’s necessary context for the argument I’m about to make.

There are definitely practical issues with the way higher education is funded. Most significantly, there is the danger that ever-rising fees may deter students from lower…

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