The Guardian article from the Russell Group claims that "It has taken more than 800 years to create one of the world's greatest education systems and it looks like it will take just six months to bring it to its knees."
What utter poppycock.
The Universities have withstood the Black Death, the Reformation, civil war, the first and second Enlightenments, two world wars and globalisation - challenges far greater than a few piffling cuts in media studies at the ex-polytechnic of Leighton Buzzard. The Russell Group should ensure instead that resources are taken from the mediocre institutions and departments and directed at those that merit tax support.
Blair's absurd 50% commitment should be scrapped, and all the third-rate HFE institutions with it. Let's trash the dross, and return to academic excellence.