Photos of the occupation

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26 Responses to Photos of the occupation

  1. Polleetickle says:

    Is the correct thing to do, to occupy and disturb a premises that are not the creators of your issue?

  2. UCL anon says:

    staff and staff Unions support the action of our students.

  3. James says:

    Clearly it’s not something done lightly, occupying a major UCL room. I doubt many people would be prepared to stay the night in a relatively cold, bed-less hall on a whim. But, what are the alternatives? It’s getting pretty close to metaphorical midnight and the government still aren’t listening. Such times sadly necessitate such actions. It’s one of the last resort options to pressurise the government to abandon their mad plans of devastating cuts and fee increases that would further damage social mobility in the UK (already one of least socially mobile societies in the EU). It seems that a room has been chosen that will minimise disruption to teaching. As far as I know, the JBR is not used for core academic purposes (aside from at exam time). It’s mainly used for functions, conferences etc. So, it will make a powerful statement without disrupting fellow students’ classes.

    Good luck to all involved from a UCL student who is unable to be with you this time.

    • Jack Grahl says:

      As far as I know, the JBR is not used for core academic purposes (aside from at exam time). It’s mainly used for functions, conferences etc.

      This is incorrect. The Jeremy Bentham room is mainly used by postgraduate students, most of whom use it as a place to study. If that is not a core academic purpose, what is?

      • James says:

        Fair comment. That I did not know. I have only ever been in the JBR for functions or examinations, I’ve never heard of classes being scheduled in it. Obviously this loss of study space will be a minor inconvenience for them, but it is certainly possible to study elsewhere. The libraries are still open.

  4. Rob says:

    Excellent effort guys,

    Lots of us who cannot be there but are with you in spirit! I am fortunate to have just graduated from UCL but these hikes in fees would probably not have made it possible for me.

    Keep defending education: I do not believe it is a commodity to bought and profited from.

    Rob

  5. Polleetickle says:

    This is mindless stupidity serving not only to demonstrate how many are unworthy of further education, but impact on an overstretched public purse.

    BTW: Dont get all het up either thinking that I had further education – I didn’t.

    • Anonymous Occupier says:

      Clearly.

      • Polleetickle says:

        These ‘students’ (aka communists, militants, rogues and career criminals) are running amok abusing hard-fought democratic rights with ignorance and contempt.

        This, while soldiers at war without Human Rights, are still dying as they fight terrorism.

        This, while other nations have to deal with disease and famine after earthquakes, human trafficking, guerilla’s, tribal gangs, pirates and organ snatchers.

        This, while a lapse of concentration at Robin Hood puts Airport twitter joker Paul Chambers before the High Court.

        This moreover, while millions thousands of miles away would relish enthusiastically, the opportunity to establish their futures for circa £27-36k.

    • UCL anon says:

      clearly

  6. King's student says:

    Excellent, people. Keep up the fight and the discussions. All solidarity from King’s – we’ll take you as an example!

  7. Jack Grahl says:

    It’s not clear to me why, if you want to make these demands of the university administration, you didn’t have an occupation somewhere else in UCL that would actually affect the administration or the running of the college. Instead you chose a semi-public room that is used everyday by postgraduate students, many of whom have difficulty finding a place to work.
    It appears to me that this room was chosen precisely to avoid conflict with UCL, and so that the ‘occupation’ could continue for as long as possible without any real challenge to the administration – at the expense of your fellow students.
    Jack Grahl – UCL Maths student

  8. Polleetickle says:

    Excellent people – keep occupying the wrong locations and declare that you’re actually unqualified for Further Education.

    Some might regard UCL of all places to be a laughing stock. I couldn’t possible comment.

  9. Jeremy Bentham (deceased) says:

    My good friend John Stuart Mill once gave me a good piece of advice. If I recall, he said “don’t feed ignorant right-wing trolls, because no good will come of it”.

  10. Polleetickle says:

    I hope students are prepared to deal with this;

    The OECD report on UK employment:

    * 480,000 adults aged 20 and 34 are either on incapacity benefit, disability-related income support, or disability living allowance.

    * UK proportion on disability handouts is almost three times the 1.5% average in the OECD.

    * Britain is far more generous when it comes to sickness and disability handouts than most other countries in Europe, North America and Australasia.

    * UK spending on these benefits is twice the level in France and Germany.

    * 45% of young people on incapacity benefit have a mental health problem such as depression, rather than a physical disability.

    Critics last night said that although it was possible that more young people in Britain were disabled than our industrial competitors, it was unlikely.

    * 2.6 million in the UK are on incapacity benefit,

    * Of these, 1 million have been claiming for a decade.

    * 7% of adults receive a form of disability benefit, compared to 5% in Ireland and 3% in NZ and France.

    * UK spends a massive 1.9% of GDP on disability benefits; exceeded only by Iceland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.

    * Average is just 1.2%; and a mere 0.7% in France.

    * UK, more than 3% of days are lost to sickness, while in Ireland the rate is less than 2%

    * It said: ‘In Ireland and the United Kingdom, it does not pay to take up work for one or two days a week since disability payments are suspended and in-work benefits are not

    The morale of this statement: Lazy, workshy, disabled Britain.

    Thank you Labour for breeding a generation of thuggish, idle, ASBO layabouts. Encouraged by a massive range of challenge-free benefits.

    What a shambles.

  11. Polleetickle says:

    So, Bar Steward nit-pic’s over the spelling, sully’s the daily mail with my association, but neither they or ttretr has a view on the cataclysmic state of affairs we are now in?

    Is further education actually a right for what statistics suggest is a benefits-prioritised proletariat? Or, simply yet another issue that machiavellian militants can kick-off against?

    Either way, complaining about the resulting miserable treatment had from kettling or sitting-in at university premises does absolutely nothing for your cause. Zilch. Nada.

    • Bastard says:

      “So, Bar Steward nit-pics over the spelling, sullies the Daily Mail with my association, but neither he or ttretr have a view on the cataclysmic state of affairs we are now in?”

      Here, darling, I’ve corrected some of your appalling grammar for you. I have my views, but I have better things to do than explain them to you, as you strike me as a first-class loony, and a singularly uneducated one at that, considering your propensity to spew forth the various right-wing distortions which are fed to you by the right-wing press. The figures you posted are surely accurate, but your screaming your point of view doesn’t exactly make me want to argue them rationally with you – I don’t think you’re capable of reason. Your tweets incidentally do nothing but prove my point.

      “Is further education actually a right for what statistics suggest is a benefits-prioritised proletariat?”

      Sorry? What point are you trying to make, exactly?

      “Or, simply yet another issue that machiavellian militants can kick-off against?”

      Might want to rein in your paranoia, love, you’ll give yourself a coronary. I particularly like your vague attempt at de-humanising the students you disagree with. Machiavellian? Get out more.

      “Either way, complaining about the resulting miserable treatment had from kettling or sitting-in at university premises does absolutely nothing for your cause.”

      What are people supposed to do, accept to be voluntarily removed from their sit-ins? As I said before, think a bit! Before you hammer away at your battered keyboard, engage your brain!

  12. Bastard says:

    Oh, sorry, I forgot one – it’s ‘nit-pick’, and I’m posting as ‘Bastard’, not ‘Bar Stewart’. Looks like I’m making a good impression, though. Sleep well.

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