Where’s my riot porn?

I wish to complain to NUS Scotland and the other protesters outside the Scottish Parliament last week. Whilst the rest of the country, from London to Belfast, indulged in scuffles, fires and even endangering the British throne – well sort of – you lot, you selfish protesters, held a candlelit vigil.

A candlelit vigil? All those flames and not one fire? It’s almost like you wanted to get your point across instead of giving the media the excuse to bang on about the limits of protest. And it was also pretty, which helps the snapper charged with covering the event.

Now there have been great claims that tuition fees on the scale proposed will prohibit students from entering university, which the UK government of course denies. That remains to be seen, but according to MillionPlus the Coalition’s policy doesn’t actually alleviate the great deficit we’re all told about. As the students pay back their loans over the next thirty years the government has to increase their borrowing in the meantime – although this borrowing is conveniently taken off the government’s books and on to the Student Loans Company’s. And it’s not just the think tanks that are sceptical, the Lib Dem (party not government) higher education spokesperson in the Lords also cast doubt on the efficacy of the policy in increasing overall university funding, and so abstained on the issue. 

So if the tuition fee policy doesn’t alleviate the deficit, nor increase funding for universities, what is it for? Varying fees will obviously bring market forces to higher education, and with the arts and social science courses now being funded from the students’ pockets those that can’t fill their spaces will surely close.

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