Iain Crawford died in March 2004 after a long illness. In 1988 he and Nick Barr, while holding down their respective 'day jobs', embarked upon a sustained campaign for an income-contingent student loan system for the UK. Their message, often not well understood, was for a long time unpopular with the stakeholders, reluctant to reform. The process took its many interesting twists and turns, and for years it seemed that it was easier to deliver the Barr-Crawford message abroad than at home.
The campaign, like their friendship, was provocative and enduringly positive, the sum being greater than its parts. There was a solid foundation. Dubbed at times 'fanatics' by some, it is an enormous tribute to them both that the 2004 Higher Education Bill, which contains a good deal of their model, was given a Second Reading by the House of Commons in January this year.
It was just that Iain lived to see it, and for those of us who knew him personally, it serves as a mark of his political ability, his lateral thinking and downright determination.