Letter: Blair's project

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Letter: Blair's project

Sir: Sadly a pattern begins to emerge.

1) Make welfare savings from those most in need, not those best able to lose benefits.

2) (Rightly) reduce tax exemptions for the moderately well-off while (wrongly) justifying tax havens for the super-rich.

3) Make university fees a kind of inheritance tax, related to parents' income not the wealth of all who gain from graduate skills.

Therefore I predict: (4) preserve the extra payments per student for Oxbridge colleges. On the whole they have the brightest students, the biggest incomes, the greatest reserves, the readiest donations. Of course they need the most state support.

Is this the shape of Blairisms to come?

PETER ROBB

London N1

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