The Labour Party unveiled its manifesto on Thursday of the crunch election on December 12 and during the launch, attended by hundreds of students, Jeremy Corbyn repeated the party’s pledge to scrap university tuition fees. But according to research from the Institute of Fiscal Studies, the policy is expected to cost the Treasury a huge £8billion a year in additional borrowing. Earlier this month, Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner attempted to defend the move, and told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Students are leaving university at the moment with £57,000 worth of debt and that’s not sustainable.
“Our country needs those skills for the future and Labour will ensure that trend is reversed, both for adult education and university education.”
But Express.co.uk readers have savaged the pledge, and are raging at yet more tax hikes from Labour that could ultimately pile huge debts onto them at the expense of what some see as wasted student education.
The poll, which ran from 2pm until 10pm on Thursday November 21, saw 7,209 votes cast, of which a massive 5,951 readers (82.5 percent) voted in favour of university tuition fees not being scrapped.
Just 1,071 readers (14.9 percent) thought they should be abolished, while 187 readers (2.6 percent) selected the “don’t know” option.
One Express.co.uk reader said: “I certainly don’t want my taxes going to pay for some 18-year-old layabout, doing a degree in social media.”
Another raged everyone should be responsible for making their “own way in life”, labelling the policy “yet another disgusting party political promise simply to garner votes.
They said: “Cancelling student university fees is just plain wrong! Why should society at large foot the bill for adult education in this way that will have only personal benefit to those who go to university later in life?
“Cheap student loan fees are the best way to make such student use their time at university properly.
“Something for nothing is just that and I have no doubt it will not inspire a sizeable minority to waste taxpayers money by no caring if they under achieve as they will have no responsible for such investments in them?
“Yet another disgusting party political promise simply to garner votes!”
Other Express.co.uk readers accused Labour and Mr Corbyn of announcing the radical policy simply to “buy” crucial votes from students in the general election.
One fumed the Labour leader is “dangling the bait on his fishing line again, are our students so dumb they will fall for it again”, warning the party will not even be able to afford to successfully implement it.
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They said: “The Lib Dems first promised this, and the students fell into the trap. Then in 2017 Comrade Corbyn repeated the promise and again the students fell into the trap.
“Two years later, Comrade Corbyn is dangling the bait on his fishing line again, are our students so dumb they will fall for it again, we can only wait and see.
“Let’s hope the more intelligent ones tell the less intelligent ones that when Corbyn’s promises were costed, it was found the country could not afford it.”
Despite the resounding criticisms of Labour’s spending plans, Mr Corbyn strenuously defended them during the manifesto launch.
He desperately tried to appeal to voters by saying the policies are “fully costed”, with no tax hikes “for 95% of taxpayers”, when he sets out the party’s plans.
The Labour leader told supporters: “This is a manifesto of hope. A manifesto that will bring real change. A manifesto full of popular policies that the political establishment has blocked for a generation.
“Those policies are fully costed, with no tax increases for 95 percent of taxpayers.
“Over the next three weeks, the most powerful people in Britain and their supporters are going to tell you that everything in this manifesto is impossible. That it’s too much for you, because they don’t want real change.”