Pledge in stone is not all it seems

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - Opinion -

SIR, – In 2014 Alex Sal­mond un­veiled a stone carved with the words “The rocks will melt with the sun be­fore I al­low tu­ition fees to be im­posed on Scot­tish stu­dents". This pol­icy was only made pos­si­ble by the de­vo­lu­tion of univer­sity fund­ing to Scot­land by John Ma­jor's gov­ern­ment in 1992.

No doubt the SNP re­gards its stu­dent fee pol­icy as be­ing of ben­e­fit to the ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple of Scot­land, thus pro­vid­ing an ex­am­ple of some­thing good de­pen­dent on a Tory ini­tia­tive that Rob Fair­full claims to have been look­ing for without suc­cess (Press and Jour­nal, Fe­bru­ary 15). Whether it is ben­e­fi­cial is, how­ever, open to doubt, be­cause the num­ber of Scots stu­dents is rig­or­ously con­trolled by the SNP to save money, and be­cause it has not made it any eas­ier for those from dis­ad­van­taged back­grounds to at­tend univer­sity. Hugh Pen­ning­ton, Carl­ton Place, Aberdeen

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