Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Action stations

Morning all. Very busy day today, so you won't be hearing too much from me (a nation celebrates). Today is another day of action by students protesting the imposition of £9000 fees, massive cuts in teaching provision and the appalling abolition of the Educational Maintenance Allowance, which keeps 16-18 year olds in education.

Will anything happen here? I don't know. It's an institution of 20,000+ very diverse students. Those who rarely turn up to classes aren't bothered by politics (or the worries of anybody else). Those who do split between the determined who've grabbed their chance and won't let it go for anyone and those who are more relaxed. Also, the student body is hugely fractured - there's little sense of a student body or political leadership. I'm sure a few students will do something, but the rest of us won't notice.

For what it's worth, I'd love it if nobody turned up, or if a building was occupied - a bit of backbone after all these years would be very welcome.

Follow the day's events here.

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