Yes, Bojo gets it. It’s a pity the Home Office and UKBA do not. And of course Bojo can only speak for London (officially anyway). If the government was courageous enough to recognise that an international student is not the same thing as an immigrant and bring an end to the nonsense whereby they are cutting the throats of our educational institutions in order to please their right wing and attract the xenophobic vote, that would be an important step in the right direction. And also if the government could stop trotting out this “brightest and best” formula, that would surely help too. Of course the better research universities want the brightest and best, but a) they don’t always get them (plenty of evidence for that) and b) that has nothing to do with the crucial argument relating to the economy. What the schools and universities here need above all is enrolments from students who are willing and able to pay for the superior services on offer. It is US who must be the brightest and the best, and it is sad that we get such a duff lead from the short planks in Westminster.
[Thanks to WhitSt]