One day left before the march – a march in which thousands of students from around the country will demonstrate in London against the rise in student fees from the £3k cap to up to £9,000 a year which will create a dangerous market in education that means cost, not quality of education, will be at the forefront of students’ minds. Except those with rich parents, of course.
The march will not just be students though. Teachers and university workers will join us to fight this assault on fairness, a word the coalition likes to throw around with very little meaning. And who knows, it might be the spark that politicises the nation’s youth. It is never healthy to make too many predictions, but perhaps this kind of demonstration will ignite action on a scale that the French have seen recently over the pension reforms. This shouldn’t just be about fee rises though. On a deeper level, it must be a message to politicians, and the Lib Dems in particular, that they cannot go back on their election promises: to slash the public sector and betray the electorate in exchange for a few cabinet posts.
Truro College students will be holding a solidarity protest tomorrow in Truro, and we hope that we can portray the Lib Dems as what they are: turncoats. Nonetheless, the human shield of the Lib Dems cannot replace the fact that it is the Conservatives – in their obsession with profit, not people – who are really pushing this rise in fees and a dessication of all aspects of social investment.
Cameron, Clegg and Osbourne all got their Oxbridge degrees for free. And they are now expecting students to bear the brunt of the cost of university funding. The millionaires are bound to lose against the masses this time though.