. . . or so Prime Minister David Cameron argues here:
"[. . .] Increasing tuition fees should mean future rises in foreign students' charges can be kept lower, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said. He was replying to a student at Beijing University who asked about the impact of the rise on international students. Mr Cameron said in the past fees charged to foreign students had been pushed up "as a way of keeping them down on our domestic students".But they had "done the difficult thing" of putting up English students' fees. The result of this was that "foreign students will still pay a significant amount of money - but we should be able to keep that growth under control". [. . .]"
It will be interesting to see how this plays with voters given that UK students may see a trebling in annual tuition bills from 2012.