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Andy Hinton detailed this in an excellent post nearly a week ago. With quotes and everything. Yes, Vince used the words graduate tax, but I used the words Richard Littlejohn this morning, and that doesn't mean I approve of him or are proposing him as a solution.

Can we all please stop believing the myths we are spoonfed by the old media, even when it's about what our own Vince said, and actually LOOK at what was said? It would make life so much easier.

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Date: Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The difference between a graduate tax and:
"I am interested in looking at the feasibility of changing the system of financing student tuition so that the repayment mechanism is variable graduate contributions tied to earnings"
is not massive though (the later exchanges are more concerned with how the money is linked to individual

Seems quite clear to me that Vince was floating the Grad Tax kite in a deniable way and then his initial idea had the flaws in it exposed so he backtracked. He certainly has a record of doing that (eg senior public sector employees being forced to reapply for their jobs etc)


Date: Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scarier.wordpress.com
Thanks for the link, Jennie.

And sorry to hear that you used the words "Richard Littlejohn" this morning, I hope you're feeling better now.

Date: Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gwenhwyfaer
Actually, I think it's perfectly valid to propose Richard Littlejohn as a solution. About two hundred litres of sulphuric acid ought to do the trick.

You are so right

Date: Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Miss SB, I like your style. More people should look at what politicians actually say. As it happens, I also have examined Cable's speech closely and come to the same conclusion as you, ie Cable is not backing a Graduate Tax as we know it. BUT I think the myth you mentioned is not an accident of old media, but something Cable himself has nurtured. See http://bit.ly/bzhfjV

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