Source: Evening News, Norwich, UK

Pub Date: Monday 13 October 2003

Pub LTE: Law change could help fund education

Author: Alun Buffry, Legalise Cannabis Alliance


Comment: Charles Clarke is Labour MP for Norwich South, seat contested by LCA in 2001 General Election




In his attempt to justify the Government's U-turn on university students "top-up" fees, Charles Clarke said in an interview in Bournemouth that he considered it unfair that lorry drivers should have to pay to produce barristers, and that graduates would in the future earn enough to repay their education-incurred debts.


I wonder whether Mr Clarke and his colleagues would now consider making an equivalent donation back into the public purse that provided grants for their own university education.


Members of Parliament also earn far more than lorry drivers!


Students are already leaving college with debts of well over 10,000 (UKP). What a gift from the country that one day they may participate in running?


I believe that education should be provided free to everyone. If they earn more later, they will pay more tax.


To those who would ask where the money to provide free education would come from, the answer, to me and many others, is painstakingly obvious.


Legalisation of cannabis which would bring separation from crime and hard drugs, taxation on profits - saving billions annually presently spent arresting and punishing victimless cannabis users; less alienation of such a huge proportion of people that the present regime criminalise; greater use of cheaper natural hemp resources for paper, fuel and energy; increase in employment and general improvement in the environment and public health.


Alun Buffry

Legalise Cannabis Alliance


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