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Miliband's pledges to cut fees by a third - will it work?

By Emma Jacobs

Wednesday 4 March 2015 Student Journalists

With the wound of the tuition fees still raw for many students, news of Ed Miliband's pledge to cut tuition fees by a third may not be fully believed, reports NUS Journalist Emma Jacobs.

Most of us may be young, but we definitely aren't stupid. The last general election saw the liberal democrats screw students over, leaving a bad taste in the mouth of the young. And minor trust issues of politicians and their pledges on the side.

While this may not be the most effective mechanism of gaining the young's support, does Miliband's pledge carry any more weight? 

It appears an easy goal. If a party wishes to gain the support of students, offering to ease the monetary load will not go down badly with anyone. Thank you very much, I'd much rather put the money towards a car or my first flat. But is that really what will happen because of one weak promise? I don't think so. 

I believe it is an easy pledge to make. One that's been made before and will inevitably be broken again. Politicians have to show a true interest in young people and their wishes, voyaging beyond the highest profile student issue; fees. 

However, there may be logic to Miliband’s pledge. As a young person, it is both terrifying and mortifying that we will become indebted because we have a hunger for knowledge that we are willing to feed - at such a great expense.  

Miliband claimed the rise in tuition fees have been a "disaster for the future of Britain". And with an average of £44,000 debt, it results in more than just a hinderance. However, I'm dubious whether he holds the key to our dreams and is genuinely willing to use it. If he can make it work I'll tip my hat to him. In the meantime, I'll carry on saving for the bill that's coming my way.


Hi, I’m Emma. I’m Deputy Editor of Kettle Magazine, a vlogger for Sky’s Stand Up Be Counted and a blogger. I’m currently in sixth form and hope to go on to study at university. I’m very interested in politics and have a tendency to get a bit too into debates in class. I’m also an English geek and love reading, writing and going to poetry recitals at the poetry café in London’s Covent Garden.

I look forward to exploring the theme of community within the student world. It’s where we live and what occupies our thoughts during boring classes and lectures. I know the struggles of balancing sixth form/college, friends and sleep whist living at home. The government isn’t doing enough to help us and so many social issues arise in our lives. NUS offers students a fantastic platform, now it’s time for those in power to listen to us. Let’s hope May 2015 brings change.