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    Anger greets axing of UK scholarships
    5:00AM Wednesday July 16, 2008
    By Alanah May Eriksen

    University chancellors are blasting Britain's decision to slash a university scholarship programme which has drawn hundreds of New Zealand students to England.

    From next year, Britain will no longer fund the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarships for students from developed countries such as New Zealand, Australia, and Canada.

    About 25,000 students have won Commonwealth Scholarships since they were instituted in 1959.

    Many of those who completed the scholarships in Britain returned to their homelands to play leading roles in cultural, intellectual and political life.

    About five New Zealanders were chosen a year and previous scholars have included Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen and Law Commissioner Professor John Burrows.

    University of Auckland deputy vice-chancellor Raewyn Dalziel said the Vice-Chancellors Committee expressed its opposition to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

    "I think it is a closing of opportunities that a number of New Zealanders have had over a long period of time so we regret it certainly from that point of view.

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    As a Brit, I'm ashamed that the UK Government has decided to do this. Unfortunately, it's symptomatic of the way the UK is these days. It annoys me that they willingly give money to illegal immigrants from the Middle East and Eastern Europe, but slam the door in the face of people who are still officially classed as The Queen's Subjects.

    Surely it's time that NZ took itself seriously and became a republic.

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    The UK is becoming a joke. It's certainly it's own worst enemy and seems to have its' priorities completely askew. I'm with Koko on this one. Seems like they have the 'Sod you, I'm alright Jack!' attitude.

    I read somewhere recently that British people are leaving Britain in droves and more immigrants are arriving. In just a few years the British will not be representative of the British population. Sounds like rats deserting a sinking ship to me
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    I agree too. Just makes us realise we did the right thing in leaving. The UK is only gonna get worse, is it any wonder all the true Brits want to leave.
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    Not an anger but observation. The UK is strongly influenced by the EU and building closer ties to it. The former commonwealth is slowly disappearing due to economic issues. There is no benefit to being a member anymore other than maybe having your army sent to somewhere you have nothing to do with.

    I bet I get some backlash on that one.
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    I don't think many people on the forum would disagree with you there Cliff. It's a shame that British politicians don't have any sense of loyalty. There will be uproar in Westminster when the Kiwi and Aussie republicans finally break the ties. I know which way I'll vote if it ever goes to a referendum..........

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    Ozzie will be first.they had a referendum already but I think next time it may pass. New Zealand will follow suit at some later date. There is talk about it but not a big movement at the moment.
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