Yesterday 50,000 people marched in London against the proposed Coalition cuts to higher education.Most of them did a lot more than march, didn’t they?
What brought everyone out on to the streets? The general consensus was anger.No, it was a raging sense of entitlement, sweetie. That’s all.
The ones who have a right to anger are too busy working to worry about rioting, as 'Fuel Injected Moose' points out…I think you'll find a quite different message was received - loud and clear - by the rest of us....
The rights afforded by education are not simply the reserve of the elite…Oh, stop right there!
One of the speakers at the rally was Angela Maddock, an art lecturer from Swansea University. She rejected the idea that the arts should be subordinated to so-called "useful" subjects, and instead argued for a defence of "art for art's sake".Well, she would, wouldn't she?
The Government's decision to ringfence science and technology while cutting the entire teaching budget for the arts and humanities, points to an alarming ethos.What, that the state and its taxpayers should only subsidise useful subjects, if they subsidise any at all?
The biggest cheer came when speakers made the connection between the "eye-watering" price of proposed tuition fees and the banking scandal. Radicalism is in the air. The rage is palpable.What connection?
Perhaps this drove a small group of protesters, by no means representative of the whole, to smash their way into the lobby of Millbank Tower and on to the roof.Or, perhaps not. Perhaps this was always the plan?
Most of the demonstrators I spoke to did not condone these actions, but were glad that the message of the day was clear, written in red paint and unfurled from the top of Tory HQ: Stop The Cuts.