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From The Socialist newspaper, 31 January 2004

Blair is Damaged Goods

Tuition Fees

Blair survived the vote in the House of Commons by a whisker. And because of the spinelessness of Labour MPs, students going to university in 2006 will pay up to 3,000 a year in tuition fees

And this is just the start. In 2009 this 3,000 ceiling will be lifted allowing the top universities to charge huge sums and plunging students deeper into debt. (The British Medical Association estimates that medical students will graduate with 68,000 worth of debt.) 

By putting off working-class students applying for more expensive courses a two-tier education system will develop. 

And why? Because Blair's government has slashed funding for higher education and because he wants to allow the top flight colleges to 'compete' with those in the USA, part of the 'commercialisation' of Higher Education.

WMDs, Hutton & War

Along with the warmonger George Bush, Tony Blair fabricated evidence that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction which threatened the West. 

In doing so, his hired hands contributed to the death of weapons expert David Kelly and unleashed a devastating war on Iraq which killed and maimed thousands of civilians.

Build the socialist alternative

The Socialist Party is determined that Blair's government isn't allowed to turn back the clock a generation or more on access to universities. 

We say education is a right not a privilege. 

And whatever Hutton says in his report, everyone knows that the Prime Minister deliberately lied to secure a war for regime change, i.e. to put a stooge government in power in Iraq to serve the interests of US and British imperialism.

On the war and on the fees issues New Labour has shown itself to be a rotten party of the capitalist establishment. Clearly, it cannot be reformed to represent the interests of the vast majority in this country.

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In The Socialist 31 January 2004:

Blair is Damaged Goods

Where Are Iraq's Weapons Of Mass Destruction?

Battered Blair Clings On For Now

Brown - The Bosses' Friend

Top-Up Fees - The Fight Goes On


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