* The countless pages and comment on this issue seemed to me to have missed a crucial point. Why not simply invest and expand university departments to cope with this new influx of high-achievers? Surely we should be celebrating the fact that, with expansion, 20 times as many students could study English at a top university.
We should build new universities. We have some of the finest architects in the world that would relish the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of post war architects such as Spence and Lasdun, creators of Sussex and East Anglia. Let us spare a thought too for all those teenagers who have spent the past two years hard at work only to find their achievements once again denigrated.