Ken Livingstone has sent us this message of support!
David Cameron has achieved what even Margaret Thatcher could not, turning an entire generation against his government in months.
This new anti-Tory generation is showing the way by peacefully demonstrating in huge numbers, with great imagination and with commitment to fairer society. Occupations like those we are now seeing, uniting students and staff against the government’s plans to squeeze the bank balances of students and cut education deserve our support.
We need a dynamic modern economy – which means we need an educated and skilled workforce. The whole of society benefits from that objective. Forcing students to pay through the nose, and cutting education funding, is a backward step.
The situation facing our national finances was not caused by public spending or by young people and students. It was caused by the crisis of the banking system. The Tories claim that everything must be governed by the drive to pay down the deficit but have no problem with imposing a massive personal deficit on students. You cannot claim your economic policies are aimed at looking after future generations if the effect is to burden them with debt.
The Tory-led government wants to make students pay. Students should make the Tory party pay every time they put themselves forward for election.
London has the biggest student population in the country, and any policy that forces students to pay more will have a bigger impact in a city where the cost of living is so much higher. So by standing up against these grotesque and unfair fees hikes today’s students are standing up for future generations of Londoners as well as their own.
It should act as an inspiration for all those who care about a fairer society that students and young people are taking non-violent protest out onto the streets and into the campuses of our higher education institutions.
Good luck – you have my full support in your campaign to stop this attack on the quality of life and the quality of education in this country and this city.