In an interesting (and, perhaps, controversial from some viewpoints) text Calling a spade a spade: Mathematics in the new pattern of division of labour, Alexandre Borovik describes changes in the mathematical education forced by changes in economy and technology.
At this moment, I do not want to discuss the essence of this text, but I am puzzled by one rather tangential remark. On p.18, when discussing an apparently emerging so-called "deep mathematical education", Borovik writes:
... in such a system, it could be desirable to have oral examinations in place of written ones. The reader familiar with the British university system, for example, can easily imagine all the political complications that would follow.
Being unfamiliar with the "British university system", I am wondering what these "political complications" might be.