Sunday, 25 January 2004


Within the next week, MP's will vote as to whether tuition fees for university students should be retained in England. Some perceive an injustice since Scottish university students do not have to pay fees. Is this the right way though?

As a libertarian, I believe that all education should be privately funded. The only legitimate role of government is to protect its citizens from force and fraud and safeguard rights to person and property. Education can be adequately provided in the private sector.

It may seem 'unjust' for poorer families to pay large amounts of fees. But in a free market, who is to say that prices would NOT be competitive enough for less wealthy families to be able to finance higher education?