Saturday, 27 November 2010

Tuition Fees And The Right To Protests

It has always been, at least since I was a child, that students protested.
When at university, they gained the independence of mind to make up their own opinions. I'm not going to say that they always got it right, but it was and should remain a fundamental right for students to protest, as they did throughout the 60's at numerous educational establishments throughout the UK.
The more recent protests over tuition fees have realigned the student protest movement, in so far as there hadn't been much protesting since the early eighties, in my opinion, other than against the Poll Tax and more recently over the Iraq war.
It is a fundamental right in this country to protest, we are a democracy after all  (violent demonstration is another matter and I'm not going anywhere near that, at least not in this blog,) and so should it remain.
The reason for the protests is as much to do with a broken pledge by the Fib-Dem leadership, their supporters in Parliament , as well as the Government's plan to increase tuition fees from around £3,000 a year to close to £9,000 a year, tripling the fee in one foul act of parliament.

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