My boyfriend was at this one today in Leeds… I wanted so badly to go to the one in London, but have been horrifically ill with food poisoning for the last two days and then got invited yesterday for a job interview at 4pm today, which I only just about managed to get to alive.
A few people who were at the protest in Leeds have said that the security guards of the occupied buildings smashed windows in order to incriminate students. If that is true, that is ABSOLUTELY FUCKING DISGUSTING.
I hope the government realises that these protests aren’t gonna stop. Even if numbers eventually dwindle, there is a core of extremely passionate individuals who care too much to just forget about it.
There's something terribly soul destroying about going into a job interview for a position that you're overqualified for, that you don't really want, that is just mind numbing generic menial crap, but that you still act your socks off for because you're that fucking desperate.
This is not really an article. This is a posh personal thought trail.
The last two weeks have been wrought with media coverage of the protests that students have taken part in all over the country. A quick scour of the top news sites reveals the usual headlines: clashes between violent protestors and police, who can and can’t afford the proposed fees, and whether or not there is a chance of review.
Speaking not only as a recent graduate, but also as a loving older sister who’s younger sibling will be heavily affected by the proposed changes, I do not hesitate to voice my utter disgust at the plans, and my belief that the coalition won’t even consider reviewing them. But what really incurs a feeling of disappointment that almost borders on rage within me as I write this, is the knowledge that those in cabinet, the very people who DID get a free higher education, have reduced University education to nothing more than an investment. Listen to any Tory or Lib Dem MP (who, to all intents and purposes, are largely the same thing in many people’s eyes now anyway), and all they will do is bleat the same feeble lines that the rise in tuition fees doesn’t matter because graduates won’t have to pay it back until after they earn 21k or more. What a fantastic way to inspire motivation and ambition, dear Government! I needn’t worry about the crippling weight of loans with increased interest on my shoulders, because if I earn little enough- I needn’t pay it back at all! It seems that our coalition government has placed the importance of learning, broadening the mind, ambition and academic drive at the bottom of the agenda.
What matters now is the money to be paid and earned before and after that brief, unimportant period. Essentially, university education is now being labelled as just another very expensive investment- you will borrow huge amounts of money in order to gain yourself a place. The quality of the place, the things it has to offer you, the location, the type of courses it offers, the social events surrounding it, are all of little to no relevance- you have a place at a university, any university, and that’s what matters. Then, once the irrelevant period of so called studying, broadening of the mind and developing of social skills is done, your investment should pay off, and you will be guaranteed employment, and can begin to pay off the debt you have incurred. The years of reading, meeting like minded peers, debating topics, and developing your sense of self do not matter. You may perhaps call me rash, as I paint such a picture of the coalitions plans for higher education, but it is this precise government that also suggests slashing nearly all of the funding that currently goes into higher education which draws such images from me.
I can’t help but wonder, as a recent graduate, who already had misgivings about the quality of education, resources and support that were available to her (and a whole array of friends from other universities), what on earth the quality of higher education will be like once the changes are in place. But of course what does it matter if the resources are there or not? In the government’s eyes, that is unimportant, after all, once you are finished university, you should be guaranteed employment (though how they reach this conclusion is beyond me, if they are implementing up to 500000 public sector job cuts)- so the lack of challenging education, support, engaging material and surroundings- everything that is dependent on funding for the institutions, in short- won’t matter. It’s only 3-7 years of our lives, after all. As people who have received the privilege of having all of this presented for them and for free, the coalition has clearly decided that the benefits were minimal, and decided to scrap it for future generations. What it comes down to, is that higher education has been poisoned. More and more as the government discusses it’s plans for the poor institutions that once held so much to offer for intellectuals, it becomes clear that it is set to become an overpriced luxury, that will struggle to provide the bare essentials for those who choose to follow its path. Rather sadly, regardless of the tuition fees being raised or not, I find myself and many others feeling that if we have to view university as an investment, when the government itself won’t even invest in it by providing proper funding and resources for it… then why should we? Like I said, Higher Education has been poisoned…
Education was free for you. It should be free for us. If not free, then at least as close to that possible. Don't try to claim we don't know what the terms are. And thank you for admitting you're turning your back on democracy, and that despite the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators speaking up over the last ten days, you're not even considering reviewing the proposal. Thank you Tories, thank you Liberal Democrats. You are, to be blunt, cunts.
Her eyes are smiling and full of the sun, And I am shaking, sobbing with the memory of her, when she loved me, before I was her torturer, before there was no room in me for her, before we misunderstood, in fact the very first moment I saw her, her eyes smiling and full of the sun, and I shudder with grief for that moment which I’ve been hurtling away from ever since.
They go from cheap(ish) to a lot, my D80 set me back about £250, that doesn't include the lens, they're about £50-£100 for a half decent one. Yeah you need to know a bit, but not a huge amount, I do it at uni so I picked it up quick, but anyone with half a brain and google at their disposal can take good photos, and I'm far from good at taking great photos!
Thanks for the info! I’m definitely gonna wait before I spend non-existent money on one then, but I reckon I should get the hang of it eventually…! I liked the pics btw! :)
A shameful confession: Every Tuesday, I see posts with the words 'TMI Tuesday' jumping out at me- and I never read them or pay attention. After all this time. I'm still unsure as to wtf it is, and how it works. Shitman.
Today, my heart and head are both in London, marching alongside the thousands of Students opposing the appalling decision to increase University fees to 9000/yr. March on AND SHOW THEM THEY CAN'T FUCK US OVER.