By Andrew Hardie
Below we show an interview with Jody McIntyre, a disabled protestor who was attacked by the police. The interview borders on the comic as the interviewer seems to show their political leanings and seems to grapple with common sense. The clip shows the extent to which BBC reporting has descended and challenges the assertion that the Tory-Liberal government is ‘centre-right’. As before we see the police being politicised in times of social struggle. It’s interesting to note Jody’s assertion that the attack could have been part of a tactic to provoke and incite.
As Iain Mcwhirter has written: “The 2010 student uprising is the biggest show of popular discontent since the poll tax demonstrations twenty years ago. The poll tax became law too, but not for long. Mass protests made the law unworkable, and its author, Margaret Thatcher, was brought down by her own cabinet in large part because of the unpopularity of the community charge. The students can do the same. They have lost the parliamentary battle, but won the argument.”
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The different approach to free higher education in Scotland should be seen as something to aspire to and fight for and we show solidarity with our friends in other parts of the UK as they fight for long established rights.
Both the SNP and the Scottish Green Party are now offering free membership to students.
Angus Robertson said: “From the 10th of December through to Christmas Day, all students wishing to join the SNP can do so for free. The shameful action by LibDem and Tory MPs at Westminster yesterday evening will hit students not just in England but will also have a detrimental effect to universities and students here in Scotland.” More here.
The Scottish Greens are doing the same, see more here. Patrick Harvie MSP sdaid:
Patrick Harvie MSP said:
“Their (Lib Dem) Ministers have abandoned their most prominent pledge to the public, and they are making future generations of students pay the price for an economic crisis they did not cause. This is an extraordinary breach of trust, and one that will not be forgiven.
“The protests today are not just about education, but are also a challenge to the Coalition’s ideological assault on the poorest in society.”