The expansion of places at Uni - sounded like a good aspirational policy but.....what was required was a focus on improving the standard of primary education such that, at age 11, children were academically prepared for the step-change into secondary education.
There has been discussion for years about the first several months of secondary education being spent on getting children to the level they should have attained on leaving primary school.
There has also been much focus on the same concerns when transitioning from secondary to uni.
One of my concerns at the time - and is still a concern - is how our service based economy can provide the opportunities which grads believe should be theirs when it's clear that net jobs growth is not high enough to absorb these new entrants into the job market in the types of job many of them believe they should have (sense of entitlement?)
An unwanted side effect of this policy is that it opened the door to Unis charging tuition fees; the law of unintended consequences.
It could also be argued that (some) degrees have been devalued.
A far better long term view would have been to develop and seriously fund an industrial development policy with regional organisations coordinated at a national level and staffed by industry leaders.
Retail sales continue to fall, financial services organisations are making transition arrangements for post-brexit and uk manufacturing is becoming increasingly niche.
Life is full of lost opportunities.