Suggesting baby boomers pay a graduate tax is great politics

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As the Telegraph reports:

Graduates aged in their 40s and above who benefited from a free university education should pay a retrospective tax to help fund the current generation of students, a new report has suggested.

Researchers at the UCL Institute of Education have set out proposals for a new "all-age graduate tax" that could be used to bring down tuition fees that currently cost students up to £9,250 per year.

I do not think that there is any chance of this happening, but politically I think this a very astute move. Many people of my generation seem to think it quite acceptable to land the younger generation with debt (whilst many seem to work hard to avoid their own children having to pay it) without any regard at all for the all the benefits, including near free university education, that they enjoyed. This proposal creates a level playing field and I very strongly suspect that Corporal Jones reactions will be heard, or to put it another way, 'They won't like it up them".

Well played by the Institute of Education in that case. Calling people's bluff is a great way of delivering a point and this does that really well.