We learn this morning, with no surprise whatsoever, that the number of visas issued to foreign students rose by 35% to 362,015 in the year to June.

Last week we learned that the system was short of around 200,000 University places for this year's A Level students.

Anyone spot the correlation there?

If you're perhaps a wee bit frustrated with the whole university applications thing then simply pop overseas, acquire a foreign passport and providing you're waving a cheque for twenty grand in your sticky mitt, you can more or less get into any university you care for with none of this A* / A grades nonsense involved.

Oddly enough, that's more or less the way things worked here a hundred years ago. Do we get to take the vote back from women next?