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Looking back in anger: the '80s were tough, too

Huge increases in university tuition fees are almost certainly on their way, in part because of the spineless Lib Dem volte-face on the issue. But as a gesture towards fairness I suggest the following modest proposal: every graduate MP should pay the equivalent of three years' fees at the new rate into a special hardship fund at their former university to assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Most MPs have benefited from free higher education and now earn well above the national average, so they are clearly in a position to make a contribution. They might need to take out a loan to do so but, hey, so do 18-year-olds with little prospect of well-paid employment after graduation.

Rev Tim Evans, Lancaster.

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