BOOK REVIEW by John Butler, Chairman UKIP Mid-Dorset & North Poole
‘The Great University Con’ by David Craig and Hugh Openshaw (The Original Book Company, £7.99)
Local author, David Craig (’The Great European Rip-Off, ‘Squandered’ and many others) has now, together with Hugh Openshaw, applied his forensic skills to the rotten state of Britain‘s Higher Education. It’s even worse than we thought ! A fine polemicist, Craig orders his material concisely and readably, with clear analysis underpinned by meticulous research and ’killer’ facts. Here‘s just a few: Each year UK students borrow over £12bn. The total debt owed by UK graduates is around £100bn. The average debt of a British graduate is £50,000, the highest in the developed world. Much of this debt will never be repaid. A third of graduates from some of the most popular courses are earning much less than the national average salary. One in six call centre staff has a university education.
Our young people are being exploited and let down on an epic scale. This book should be essential reading for anyone thinking of sending their children to university.