Saturday, January 24, 2009

A really bad government idea

In times of a recession, what is a smart move for a country to do? Perhaps encourage people to seek extra training and education at university whilst there is a shortage of jobs? It stimulates research, growth, culture and creates new opportunities for students whilst supporting local economies (because universities hire a lot of local people for support staff). However the government has announced that it is restricting growth on any increases of university intake numbers. Honestly. Just look at this BBC article on the subject.

This is an absolute crime. Instead of obsessing about banks lending and people borrowing again and trying to return to the past, why not do something which really would help the economy?

It is my belief that this government has got itself in a complete mess, given handouts to all on a first come, first serve basis, gone broke, and now has reduced the support for the one group who could best aid the recovery of this country in the long term. Anybody who wants to learn at a higher level (and has a reasonable aptitude for it) should be allowed to, and not be held back by short-sighted blundering incompetence of a government that still won't halt the ID card project and put the £5 billon+ it would save to a good use, such as paying off some of the excessive debt it is responsible for.

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