“Universities are different. Don’t lets pretend that a degree in theology from Luton is the same as a degree in accountancy from Oxford,” the Minister for Higher Education Margaret Hodge told BBC One’s On The Record earlier today.
But they are exactly the same, since Oxford doesn’t offer degrees in accountancy, and Luton doesn’t offer degrees in theology. Both are non-existent, and therefore identical.
Or was the point to pick on non-existent degree courses, so no-one felt affronted?
Chris adds [17.11.2002]: Oxford does theology and Luton does accountancy, so perhaps the minister became a little confused. But which did she think was worth more than the other?