Vince Cable is a much-loved politician because he tells it like it is, he seems to know what he is talking about and he doesn’t pander to people. Youngsters like him because he has a cool name that brings to mind an action movie star; oldies are keen because, well, because he’s one of them.
But the university world is fast falling out of love with the Business Secretary, who has responsibility for higher education. That’s because of his use of the “T” word – in other words, his mention of a graduate tax to replace top-up fees.
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