Student protests

So students have staged another “demonstration”.

Not content with smashing up Tory HQ on Millbank, they decided they’d take their gibberings to the heart of Government in Whitehall. Holding up and vandalising traffic and buildings in the Whitehall area is obviously a way to get people on to your side, according to the behaviour of the legion of the unwashed that descended on London the other day…

I can sort of see what their point is, although I don’t agree with them entirely. In order to try and raise money, the government has cut funding to educational establishments, but has also lifted the cap they are allowed to charge for tuition fees, which means that anyone in England (none of this applies in Scotland or Wales thanks to the miracle of devolved government…) will have to pay a lot more for their further education. My real beef is that this policy only applies in England: we English get no say in our own governance because Westminster refuses to give England equality with Wales and Scotland.

But back to the students and the issue at hand… I would say that no one has a “right” to go to university – and certainly not to go to university and do something pointless like art history or media studies, but to hear the complaints of the whining students, you’d think that the world owed them something.

“It makes university more elitist!” they moan. GOOD! Without all these moaning thickos and their art degrees diluting the graduate populous, maybe a qualification from an English university can be worth something again.

And to those who are moaning about the rising costs stopping those who can’t afford it: get over it! There’s a reason I don’t drive an Aston Martin, and that reason is that I can’t afford it. It’s called “cutting your coat according to your cloth” and you’d better get used to it!

Oh, and if you could all have a wash while you’re at it, that would be swell.

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3 Responses to Student protests

  1. Yes, cutting your cloth allows you progress if you have what it takes 😉

  2. Darren

    My humble suggestion would be a sliding scale of fees, based on what future demand is assessed to be.

    We probably don’t need too many graduates that have been on a course to teach them all about Cheryl ‘thug’ (how well the media machine has done in helping us all forget she was charged with assaulting someone in a toilet a while back…) Cole.

    On the other hand, in order to help our economic recovery, engineers, doctors, politicians, pilots are likely to prove extremely useful. These careers require intellectual application and perhaps not hammering the applications with hugely increased fees might be the way to go.

    So whilst there will always be a (miniscule) need for pop-star and art historians, media studies graduates (goodness knows, someone will need to replace Rupert Murdoch. He can’t be long for this world..) maybe we could balance this against more useful careers and weight the cost of studying them accordingly.

    • I agree with that. I think those professions where we have a skills shortfall, or a predicted skills shortfall, should be encouraged at university through either lower course fees, or the entire abolition of fees for those courses. Things which are of little use to anyone (I’m looking at you Media Studies) should face increased fees to off-set the balance, and help stop skiving students from taking university courses as a three-year lay-about instead of doing something that’s useful. Like, say, getting a job. Or a hair cut.

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