Two Tory MPs now look likely to vote against the government in the fees vote on Thursday. According to the BBC, Ilford North MP, Lee Scott will join former shadow Home Secretary David Davis in opposing the rise in the fee cap.
There is a commentary by William Cullerne Brown at the Exquisite Life blog on ‘how to read’ Nick Clegg’s article in today’s Financial Times. One of the key points he makes is that whatever other arguments it may use, the least plausible claim the government can make is that its proposals will provide more financial security for universities. Certainly for those universities unable to recruit sufficient students at the higher fee rate the proposals appear to do the diametric opposite. As Brown says, ‘what could be more secure than the block grant’?
The Guardian reports research showing that class — and therefore also race — are barriers to Oxbridge entry.
EDIT: It’s now 3 Tories (thanks to the Campaign for the Public University twitter account for the tip-off)