For some years I seemed to sit at a point of change on the reporting staff of The Herald.
Most of those older than I had come through training on local papers. Almost all of those younger had university degrees. These days, when people of my own vintage fall to reminiscing about our fortunate years in tertiary education, it is not long before someone remarks that we had the advantage of "something called a grant". Nowadays, as the world's financial systems collapse under mountains of debt, we train the next generation how the system that brought about this catastrophe works by giving students "loans" that will stalk them for years, and then increase tuition fees to make that crippling burden even greater.
Please enable cookies in your browser to display the rest of this article.