Don't it just make your English blood boil?
Gordon Brown seems to be under the misguided impression that proposing to pay university tuition fees for students who volunteer for community work is somehow good for his Prime Ministerial prospects. This, believes Brown, will encourage "strong modern patriotism".
Now let's see...Scottish students don't pay fees. English students pay fees. So Mr Brown, you are proposing to make English kids work for what the Scots get for free? And this most divisive of propositions is somehow intended to further "an agreed British national purpose"?
Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Community Service something the courts hand out in lieu of prison sentences? The only good thing about this is that English students are unlikely to vote Brown.
The Higher Education (‘top-up fees’) bill affects only England, but was passed through the votes of MPs in Scotland’s constituencies. There is a strong case for suggesting that the imposition of top-up fees is democratically, constitutionally and morally invalid, and consequently whether their imposition is ultra vires [acting beyond the scope of government power]: in other words a form of dictatorship.
Incidentally, it was the BBC’s Jeremy Paxman who first introduced the term “Scottish Raj” to describe England’s current plight. Despite being instructed by Scottish MPs to apologise for his utterance, Paxman’s term, “Scottish Raj” has become increasingly widespread.