I owe my most precious possession , my education, to State funded and Grant aided Primary, secondary and further education. Student loans and Tuition fees are to me indefensible and such a massive bar to equality of opportunity. I was at school doing O Levels with very able friends who were not allowed to pursue A Levels let alone Further Education because their Families needed them to go and earn cash to make whatever contribution to the family budget. To my mind all of those people were a missed investment opportunity for society and such missed opportunities are no doubt multiplied many times over in the oppressive system in place now. I will miss the Company of Nicola and Jeremy tonight when I stay up to see in the result. I remember fondly first those student days and later when we were all doing the London career thing when we were fellow political travellers cast afloat in the troubled seas of Thatcherism.
In 1979 I remember well my Friend Professor Adam Tickell telling me what a huge disaster it was with the election of Margaret Thatcher( He was of course right), I moved to West Germany in summer 1980 aged 16 and when I returned just after my 18th Birthday in October 1982 I found a very changed UK. I moved to Sweden in 2010 because I felt my young family would have a better more balanced life and upbringing here, I think I was right in that decision.I hope that things turn around in the UK and get back towards a Social democratic path Fascism isn’t for the British People and thats where Cameron has been driving the charrabang.