Archive for June, 2011
One of the things that has caught my attention most about the Spanish uprising in particular is the relative familiarity of the tone of the protests. Almost exactly a decade after the peak of what became known as the alter-globalisation movement, we find a movement picking up almost exactly where we left off.
Its been over a week since Democracy Camp disappeared itself, to return at a late date. Three nights spent camping in a square in York taught us a whole range of lessons, but was broadly a success. The final output of the camp, the Library Square Declaration, can be found on the camp website.
With the fight to defend the NHS and other health and social services taking precedence for many anti-cuts groups, it would be easy to think that the Higher Education struggle can be laid to rest. Nothing could be further from the truth. So many Universities have set fees at £9000 that the government will struggle to find the money to loan to students, even though the debt is technically “off-sheet” and therefore doesn’t count towards the deficit. This crisis is rather ironic, as the government has sought to reduce its role in Higher Education funding on the pretext of a national debt crisis.