I appeared on BBC Any Questions on Friday night to take on some lefties. I have the perfect face for radio so I agreed to do it, you can listen here.
One question was: Would I advise my son or daughter to go to university? I gave a decent answer, but on further reflection I have decided I want a ‘do-over.’ The question really should be: Is it a good idea to send your child to university so he can learn to hate you and your conservative views? Will the pay-off be worth it?
It is a tough choice. Yes, the debt is bad and, of course, this kind of debt (although brutal on the taxpayer when all these students with worthless degrees eventually default, which up to three quarters will) should not be acquired unless you are sure of the financial return.
But what of the cultural or moral return? What kind of adult will sit opposite you at the Christmas table? This is the more important question. The conservative parent must ask, should I risk sending my child to university where he/she will face a full three years of left wing propaganda? Because this is what you are doing – you are sending your kids to an institution that hates your views and thinks you are wicked.
University academics are overwhelmingly left wing. Of course, they will favour a huge welfare state - much of their income comes from the taxpayer. They also suffer form usual leftist disease where they like to spend other people’s money to make themselves look good. So your child will not only become an expert in, say, the field of English or engineering but in leftist ideology also.
When Tony Blair created a system that aimed to have 50 per cent of school leavers attending university, he did so for three morally bankrupt reasons.
First, he wanted to keep the employment figures low, secondly he wanted to expand his client base and bind students and academics to New Labour, and third he wanted the next generation to be steeped in left wing ideology.
He did all this at the expense of the taxpayer, many of whom are low-income groups subsidising the university degree and carefree lifestyle of middle-class students. Blair also did this at the expense of the students themselves.
The truth is that entering university for many students is seriously life-limiting. First and most obviously, is the debt they will rack up – up to £50,000 on paper. Secondly, they have contributed to a system where employers now look for degrees for jobs that do not really need them so a vicious cycle arises: more and more students must acquire debt and degrees to secure jobs that should not require a degree in reality, but must have one on paper.
Thirdly, and I believe this point is often overlooked, university can often be a period of extended adolescence. Yes, it can expand the mind but the idea that living in student halls and demanding trigger warning and safe spaces will result in a independent, strong-willed child with grit, character and determination, is, well, let’s say wishful thinking. University can infantilise a whole generation. And it has.
Finally, and closely linked to the closing of the student mind, is the leftism. The endless, repeated, peer-enforced leftism that will be poured into the student mind. Leftism is both stupid and selfish – that is why many students voted for Corbyn and his ‘free fees’ promise. These students selfishly wanted other people’s resources for themselves and stupidly thought Corbyn could deliver on this promise. Now they have neither free fees nor Prime Minister Corbyn, just a lot of debt and a useless degree.
Indebted, stupid, ignorant and selfish students - that is what the 50 per cent New Labour target has achieved. Conveniently enough, if you have these characteristics, you are also more likely you vote for a left wing party. For only with a leftist education do you think you can defy the economic laws of supply and demand.
Only in a lefty university life do you believe men can magically turn into women and that biological sex is an option. Only with a university education can you think being ruled by Brussels is a wise form of governance. You get the picture.
So dear parents of The Conservative Woman choose wisely. I am told a year working before university (NOT a gap yah), can inoculate a child against such lefty idiocy and I’d try to stick with sciences or perhaps law. Good luck – you have been warned.
(Image: David Davies)