Now that Labour has ceded the ground by deciding not to abolish tuition fees, the Conservative Party is uniquely positioned to steal a march on their opponent.
The Prime Minister showed the resilience indistinguishable from shamelessness which all PMs require.
Risk and income sharing agreements allow institutions and students to become partners and shift losses on poor-value courses away from taxpayers.
Housing, childcare, and student loans are three areas where the Government could offer a new deal to the next generation.
But unless the Party offers them a genuine shot at prosperity, it risks sliding into decline.
Better to actually fix housing costs and student loan repayments than devise a complex subsidy.
It’s wrong that so many young people are induced to wrack up debt for qualifications that do not boost their prospects.
If if the higher education sector must take some further pain in the spending review, then the last option is the least bad.
A major part of the problem is high tax rates driven by borrowing for higher education courses that they’d be better off not taking.
Exactly a decade after forming a government with the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats are languishing on the political fringes – where did it all go wrong?
Surely there is a strong case for capping student applications, not in arbitrary numerical terms, but on the basis of academic achievement at school?
We won the election but suffered badly in places like Canterbury, which I contested.
Since 2010 the Tories have helped to drive forward transformational change – but Labour’s half-baked plan to abolish tuition fees could put it all at risk.