There is no national encouragement, let alone yearning, for formal life-long learning. Without it our manufacturing industry will continue to decline and our young will become increasingly disillusioned. May I add the following to your list:
1. The Government recognises the vital importance of life-long learning and ensures that the appropriate financial resources are available.
2. The Government recognises the importance of a high-calibre teaching profession with ways of life and values that others admire and respect.
3. The Government does not flinch from ensuring that these long-term investments take place through direct taxation, or perhaps by the introduction of a National Adult Learning Contribution similar to the National Insurance Contribution with both an employer and an employee component.
Professor of Biochemistry