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Conservative Higher Education Spokesman defends 'Micky Mouse' degrees

'Mr Johnson said: "Sometimes in our thinking about higher education, we're too narrowly confined to a utilitarian calculus about what it's doing to the bottom line of UK plc.

"I wanted to make the point that higher education adds immeasurably to the value of the UK economy without necessarily obliging everybody to pursue courses that have some immediate vocational application."

Mr Cameron has also argued in favour of learning for its own sake, saying during his brief period as shadow education secretary: "Education that inspires and instils a love of books, of knowledge and of learning is one route to a happy and fulfilling life."
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