Thursday, 25 November 2010

More protest in Brighton as children, students, teachers and sympathisers take to the streets

Well yet again protest has come to Brighton as popular dissatisfaction with the Government's completely unnecessary cuts programme spills onto the streets.

This time the focus was on education cuts: specifically the trebling of university fees, the withdrawal of the grants designed to help the poorest 16-19 year olds get to school and college for further education - and the withdrawal of funding for adult education. As part of a rash of demonstration and civil disobedience sweeping the country, as many as a thousand students, school pupils (some, reportedly, as young as 11) and sympathisers marched and, inevitably, some engaged in a little spot of good old-fashioned civil disobedience: Brighton Town hall was briefly occupied, and an occupation of some Brighton University buildings appears to be ongoing, more than 24 hours later.

I thought this photo told a story worth telling: a sole Labour Party sympathiser getting the mood all wrong: most of the placards and chants on display were focussed on the issues at stake (one of my favourites had to be: 'Tories put the N in cuts') while this chap rather missed the message, imploring students to just 'Vote Labour' as though that'd make a blind bit of difference! Remember, it was Labour that introduced tuition fees in the first place - and that Labour remain committed to making deep public spending cuts too.

For the record: the Green Party would abolish student tuition fees absolutely. Higher Education students would pay neither £9,000 a year, nor £3,000 a year, but nothing at all. They would be paid from the general exchequer, funded by increasing the higher rate of tax paid by the highest earners and closing the tax avoidance and evasion loopholes currently enjoyed by the likes of George Osbourne, Rupert Murdoch and Lewis Hamilton.

Anyway, enough of that party political nonsense: here's a video that made me laugh out loud, pilfered from the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts website. I hope you enjoy it.

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