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Academics will likely hate David Willetts’ new book—but it should give us hope

The ex-minister's new book, A University Education, delivers an optimistic verdict—in spite of everything

By Howard Davies   February 2018

What next for our universities? David Willetts' outlook is optimistic. Photo: Flickr

Student fees have a nasty way of exploding in the faces of politicians. The question of whether to introduce them in England and Wales in the first place was so hot that John Major tossed it to the other side of the 1997 election, and a few years later, in 2004, the issue provoked the biggest backbench rebellion against Tony Blair on the home front. In 2015, fees all but destroyed Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems.

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