"If you earn £30,000 as a graduate, you pay back £2.22 a day; now, there are people who buy cups of posh coffee for less than that," were his words.
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Greg may have thought he was home safe as the comments were made last month at a science and engineering debate at the Royal Society, but the Daily Mail got wind of things, and so now everyone knows.
Oh dear, Greg.
Naturally, Greg got rinsed on Twitter.
But he's now come out and defended his remarks by lashing out at Labour, telling PoliticsHome: "It's a sign of panic to distract from them not having a higher education policy weeks before a general election."
Unfortunately for Greg, no-one really bought his explanation..
Greg Clark says student loan repayments cost the same as a posh coffee every day. I paid the equivalent of 10,000 posh coffees for my degree— Frances Perraudin (@fperraudin) February 3, 2015
Greg Clark's comments are outrageous. A decent coffee a day is an excellent investment too. https://t.co/2AC8sgjzHB— Anthony Painter (@anthonypainter) February 3, 2015
Greg Clark says tuition fees only cost a 'posh coffee' a day to repay? Out of touch. It's more like two steak bakes.— Dominic Smith (@domsmithy89) February 3, 2015
Student loan repayments the same as a posh coffee, says Greg Clark. Who said the Tory party were out of touch?February 4, 2015
Tory Minister for Universities Greg Clark says graduates can pay back loans by giving up 'posh coffee'. Should we let them eat cake too?— Michele Paule (@michele_paule) February 4, 2015
Greg Clark Universities Minister sez you can avoid £9000 Uni Fees by giving up posh coffee. Posh advice from a "Posh Person"— ericburrows (@EricBurrows) February 4, 2015
Greg Clark: 'and if they are in a 3 parent family, that's only 71p per person per posh coffee'— ProfessorPaulCairney (@CairneyPaul) February 3, 2015