Dear Mr Gove,
I read your article with interest, but I have a couple of questions:
I see that you are a graduate yourself and of Oxford no less. Well done you. Who paid for that?
In your article, you are comparing future graduates to individuals making an investment that yields twenty times its original outlay. Presumably, you had a free university education yourself and have made a very good living since. What would be the equivalent ratio for your own cost of education to your subsequent earnings? Whilst asking students to pay so much for their education, it seems only fair to me that you pay for the education you yourself have received. Rather than some nebulous notion of graduates potentially earning "around £400,000", we have a concrete set of figures to work from: the financial history of Michael Gove MP. Does it not seem a hypocrisy that you are making this comparison when you have presumably experienced a better return on your investment than any future student could ever hope to?
With this in mind and regardless of which way the vote goes, I am challenging you and every other MP that votes in favour of the government's "new test for those considering a university career" and is themselves the beneficiary of a free university education, to put your money where your mouth is and donate at least the proposed £21,000 student debt of your own earnings to a relevant educational charity.
David Williams, BA (Hons)