By Jennifer Nash
The annual national conference of the National Union of Students (NUS) last week resolved to stand on the sidelines while the Tories’ attacks on education go unchallenged. It threw out all proposals to fight the attacks on students and elected a new NUS leadership that endorsed this programme of selling students out.
On 21 November tens of thousands of students will be marching on the streets of London to protest against the government’s ongoing attacks on students and education.
‘Student Fightback 2012’ takes place this coming Saturday, on 13 October at the University College London.
The conference will be a key opportunity for student activists from across the country to come together and plan the next steps in the student fight-back to the Tories, cuts, racism, inequality and war.
On Wednesday 21 November tens of thousands of students will march in central London on NUS’ national demonstration against the government’s attacks on education. This will be the first time NUS has organised a national mobilisation to defend students against the coalition’s intensifying attacks in two years.
By Jennifer Nash The youth movement for Palestine in Britain has continued to strengthen, with a number of significant advances.The growing support for Palestine amongst young people in Britain has finally encouraged the National Union of Students (NUS) to join the growing movement for justice and peace for Palestine.
The new rise in the revolution in the colonial world that began in Latin America with Chavez’s Bolivarian revolution and ‘21st century socialism’, and which is now – on a higher level of mass struggle – sweeping through the Middle East, is of a scale to create a radicalisation in the imperialist countries.
The fundamental lesson of the struggle in Egypt is that when millions of people rise even the most well-armed dictatorship can be forced to give way. This lesson is not lost on young people in the imperialist countries.
By Stephen MacAvoy
The huge upturn in student militancy in the past month is a significant boost to every progressive who wants to defeat the Tory-led offensive against the working class. It is the beginning of forces in Britain joining the resistance against the capitalist offensive which has been unfolding across Europe.
Photo Alexander Howell
The coalition government has launched a massive assault on students which will cause significant social and economic damage. It plans to increase tuition fees from £3290 to £9000 per year, alongside huge cuts of 40 per cent to the higher education budget. Also the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for students studying in Further Education will be axed. This move will deny poorer students the opportunity to study beyond secondary school.
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