We have already remarked several times (e.g. here) on the fatheaded policy of this government with regard to international students. It’s worse than that however. Cameron, May, Green and co. have two very serious blindspots. The first is that they think it’s OK to put international students in the same category as immigrants, in order that they can reduce their immigration figures (to win the xenophobic votes that might otherwise go to the BNP or UKIP) by reducing student numbers. The second is that these irresponsible vandals are destroying our international education industry, a fantastic post-war success story which has helped to counter the decline of traditional strengths in manufacturing, mining and so on, and to limit the damage caused by the new decline in our financial services sector. They are making a big mistake. A very big mistake.
In the case of London Metropolitan University the government has shown that it has abandoned the principle of fair play for which this country was once famed. Why on earth should thousands of legitimate, respectable, fee-paying international students, engaged on a vital career path, be made to pay for administrative systems for which they have no responsibility, and in which they have no involvement? These are shameful bully-boy tactics which will do enormous damage to our educational institutions, our international standing, and our economy. Not just three short planks, but three bloody fools, and dangerous with it.