What better way to cheer up a dull afternoon at work than to get the news that 1000s of students have stormed Tory HQ in London? 20 or 30 of them got onto the roof.
“We oppose all cuts and we stand in solidarity with public sector workers, and all poor, disabled, elderly and working people. We are occupying the roof in opposition to the marketisation of education pushed through by the coalition government, and the system they are pushing through of helping the rich and attacking the poor. We call for direct action to oppose these cuts. This is only the beginning of the resistance to the destruction of our education system and public services.”
They tried voting for the guy who pledged to get rid of fees. His party went back on that, not because they’re worse than other politicians, but because that’s how the system works. Say what will get you into political power, do what those in real, economic, power tell you.
Another part of the system, that exists to dispel anger, is the politicians’ apprenticeship that is the National Union of Students. Aaron Porter today followed in the oily footsteps of Jack Straw, scabbing on his members whose anger isn’t going to be satisfied by listening to finely crafted speeches quoting from Plato or $roman_guy.
If no windows had been broken today, my colleagues at work wouldn’t have known there was a protest on. The large numbers involved, 2000 outside Millbank are not “a small minority of troublemakers”. Students are angry and they’re right to be angry.