It’s a private affair!
In an exclusive interview with our reporter, Keith Ponting (30), a leading provider of for-profit higher education has leaped to the defence of her fellow providers.
According to Mrs Bartlett, vice-chancellor of the Poppleton Institute of Dance and Drama, the “politics of envy is only too apparent” in the criticism aimed at the for-profit University of Law director who was paid an overall remuneration of £802,000 for his services in 2015-16.
But, wondered Ponting, wasn’t such criticism partly prompted by the news that the present government had totally failed to record how many students were dropping out from courses run by such private providers as the University of Law while simultaneously allowing these very providers to acquire £400 million every year from the student loans system?
Mrs Bartlett explained that the principle of not knowing what was going on in the private sector lay at the heart of contemporary government practice but described Ponting’s murmured reference to “the Carillion disaster” as “deeply irrelevant”.
(In a shock move, Mrs Bartlett demonstrated her commitment to the terpsichorean art by conducting this entire interview while standing on her head.)