Will Hutton plea/warning in The GuardianDon't destroy our universities. Our future depends on them:
... Britain has had a comparatively easy 30 years, courtesy first of North Sea oil and latterly from an unsustainable credit boom. Now we will have to earn our living – and universities are an indispensable means to doing just that. But instead of fighting for them, the political parties are talking of ring-fencing spending on health and the police and aid development – implying even bigger cuts ahead for universities. It is insane.