"It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world", Bolt's Thomas More points out to Richard Rich, recently appointed Attorney General for Wales as a reward for perjury, "but for Wales,?" When I think of Nick Clegg I'm tempted to substitute "Deputy Prime Minister" for "Attorney General" - but at least the Church of England was a successful project from the point of view of those involved in setting it up. It seems that Clegg donned the scarlet mantle of hypocrisy to no purpose at all.
But I'm still confused. Where has that money gone, exactly? The students are having pay massively more than before - an extra £18,000 each over the course of their degree. The Government, apparently, is also going to have to pay more than before. The extra money certainly isn't going into more funding for universities, which have seen their Government grants cut, while university staff have been receiving real-terms pay cuts for years. Presumably someone is getting rich - but who?
Could it be our old friends the bankers?