What are people's opinions on the tuition fees debate (The government won by 5 votes tonight). My own opinion is that it is a bad idea, for the following reasons: 1) Its only a short step to differential charging by different unis. If you start getting charged £12000 for an old red brick and £1000 for the likes of Univ of Luton, which is a kid from a poor background who is bright but not quite bright enough for one of the tiny amount of scholarships (or from a school which doesn't push its brightest enough) going to choose? 2) It will encourage people to go to their local uni and live at home for economies sake, which I think is a bad thing as one of the big things about uni is gaining independence from your parents, and also this will again mean that the brightest pupils are not always going to the best uni's. 3) Will discourage people from poorer backgrounds from even going to uni at all.