UK Students Fight For Their Right To … Study

It’s been decades since Britain saw the kind of violent student protests witnessed in London yesterday. As the UK and other European nations with budget deficits that can’t be sustained any longer institute austerity measures such as the reduction in higher learning subsidies that the students are protesting, it’s likely that we can expect more protests. Back to the ’70s?

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  1. Liam_McGonagle | Nov 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm |

    Oh, man, shit is ON now!

    Just also heard about David Cameron’s plan to impose a new quasi-slave labor system in the U.K., too.

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/18/20101111/tpl-benefit-cuts-for-unemployed-who-refu-5b839a9.html

    So much for an individual’s right to contract his labor on his own terms.

    So this is Cameron’s vision of “From state power to people power.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/oct/06/david-cameron-speech-tory-conference

    I guess in his view giving the corporations de facto unilateral right to set the ceiling on worker salaries is “people power’. Maybe because only his inbred Eton classmates count as “people”.

  2. Liam_McGonagle | Nov 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm |

    Oh, man, shit is ON now!

    Just also heard about David Cameron’s plan to impose a new quasi-slave labor system in the U.K., too.

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/18/20101111/tpl-benefit-cuts-for-unemployed-who-refu-5b839a9.html

    So much for an individual’s right to contract his labor on his own terms.

    So this is Cameron’s vision of “From state power to people power.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/oct/06/david-cameron-speech-tory-conference

    I guess in his view giving the corporations de facto unilateral right to set the ceiling on worker salaries is “people power’. Maybe because only his inbred Eton classmates count as “people”.

    • Yeah. I still wonder what the hell the brits were thinking when they elected these guys. They have the same problem we do…two parties equally entrenched and sopped with corporate interests…with the only discernible difference being found in semantics of language.

  3. I’m disappointed in you, Disinfo. The majority of the media in the UK have been guilty of misrepresenting this protest as a riot, but I never expected it from this site. The fact is that a small minority hijacked a peaceful protest with the aim of causing violence and vandalism – to call it a “violent student protest” is extremely ignorant of the facts.

  4. I’m disappointed in you, Disinfo. The majority of the media in the UK have been guilty of misrepresenting this protest as a riot, but I never expected it from this site. The fact is that a small minority hijacked a peaceful protest with the aim of causing violence and vandalism – to call it a “violent student protest” is extremely ignorant of the facts.

    • Paul, were you there? Please post your accountbof events if so. I wasn’t, but I was at some of the events in decades past.

      • No I wasn’t personally, as luck would have it I know quite a lot of people who were able to attend.

        It’s also worth pointing out that all the media coverage has referred to the violence as a ‘minority’ despite focusing on it and the organisers of the protest (and thousands of those who took part) have condemned the actions.

  5. Hope this gets cleared up!

  6. Hope this gets cleared up!

  7. Yeah. I still wonder what the hell the brits were thinking when they elected these guys. They have the same problem we do…two parties equally entrenched and sopped with corporate interests…with the only discernible difference being found in semantics of language.

  8. Paul, were you there? Please post your accountbof events if so. I wasn’t, but I was at some of the events in decades past.

  9. Siminatongue | Nov 12, 2010 at 6:38 am |

    Bah, it’s just as I’ve always said. Brits don’t know how good they have it. If only in the U.S. if our left was as far left as the right is in the U.K.

  10. Siminatongue | Nov 12, 2010 at 2:38 am |

    Bah, it’s just as I’ve always said. Brits don’t know how good they have it. If only in the U.S. if our left was as far left as the right is in the U.K.

  11. No I wasn’t personally, as luck would have it I know quite a lot of people who were able to attend.

    It’s also worth pointing out that all the media coverage has referred to the violence as a ‘minority’ despite focusing on it and the organisers of the protest (and thousands of those who took part) have condemned the actions.

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