Beware of what lurks in the dark corners of the higher education and research bill.
It is unclear what will happen to the bill, with Brexit, Chilcot and Trident keeping MPs busy before the summer parliamentary recess in less than a fortnight’s time. But it would be a shame if it were dropped altogether, both because many of the principles behind it are good ones, and because some of the changes it proposes will reveal long-standing issues that should not be brushed under the carpet.
I have spent a lot of time going through each clause of the bill to identify what it allows and what it compels and whether there is anything that looks harmless now but could be a problem years hence under a different government. (Of course there is.)