Sir:Yvette Cooper is right to argue for a progressive graduate tax, so that those who earn more after graduation pay back more than those who earn less, but I am not convinced that she (and the Labour Party) goes far enough. Why not "invite" all living graduates to contribute towards a graduate tax? Those of us who had a privileged higher education in the days before student loans were invented have also had the personal benefits from this, financial and cultural.
In my 26 years as a university teacher, I have never seen such a large segment of students in really crippling financial circumstances as now. It has moved far beyond the odd hard case or feckless beer drinker to hitting the majority of students severely.