Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/475/2089

From The Socialist newspaper, 22 February 2007

Students can defeat fees

THE LIES go on! Blair maintains that the introduction of top-up fees has been vindicated and that his critics have been proved wrong. As usual his claims are based on dodgy evidence. UCAS figures showed a 6.4% rise in applications for next year but numbers applying don't prove that students love fees - far from it!

Matt Dobson, Socialist Students national coordinator

Students still aspire to get a decent education even if it means facing debt and poverty. Unfortunately, reality can hit home hard once term begins - we have spoken to many students and heard about their conditions. We have seen the protests against rent rises, cuts in tutor hours and departmental closures.

Recently, the Department for Education was named as one of the worst government departments. It had failed to collect vital statistics. There is no record of the effect that fees have had on students from working-class backgrounds. So Blair has no evidence to back up his claim!

In fact, a recent Financial Services Authority report showed that one in five students dropped out of their course. Amongst undergraduates who considered dropping out, financial difficulty was a strong factor for 34.4%. Blair says top-up fees are the "saviour of education" but students clearly disagree. Support for the Campaign to Defeat Fees backs this up as students seize the chance to have their say.

On 22 February, students are protesting across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland against fees. This day of action proves that students are willing to take action. The NUS has publicly supported the Campaign to Defeat Fees but this is not enough! The NUS has to match words with action and fulfil the aims of this campaign.

That is why students from all over London will be taking the Campaign to Defeat Fees declaration to the NUS offices on 1 March and students will be doing the same to their local student unions all over the country.

Declaration

Campaign to Defeat Fees declaration to NUS

We demand that NUS announces the dates for the following:

1. A national weekday demonstration in London called under the slogans "no to all fees, cuts, closures and privatisation" well in advance of the exam period this academic year.
2. A national demonstration called under the same slogans in the first term of next year in London that can be publicised during and after the freshers' fairs.

For both demonstrations we demand that NUS

1. Prints enough leaflets for every student in the country to have one and prints enough posters for every campus to be covered, for the use of student unions and Campaign to Defeat Fees activists to build support for the demonstrations.
2. Organises a speaking tour across universities, colleges and schools with representatives from the NUS and Campaign to Defeat Fees to speak to well publicised meetings to build support for the demo and the campaign.
3. Writes to all trade unions appealing for support and solidarity for the campaign and the demo.

We are campaigning against cuts and closures, privatisation and fees so there is a real opportunity for every person applying for university to actually get there and to get a high quality, publicly funded education.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 22 February 2007:

Bush & Blair: Get out of Iraq

Iraq 'surge' doomed to failure

Italy: Thousands march against US military base


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

No to Trident!

North Korea: Talks achieve new accord

Anti-war, anti-nuclear, anti-capitalist? Read the socialist!


Socialist Students

Students can defeat fees

Another profit-making racket

Living in debt - with no advice

Defend further education


Socialist Party Congress

The politics of socialism


Socialist Party news and analysis

Justice for the Shrewsbury pickets

Children at the sharp end of British capitalism

Banking billionaires

Drug companies squeeze profits out of health

Hospitals crisis worsens

Fighting homophobia


Environment

Climate change - we have to act now


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

CWI world congress: How will new workers' parties be built?


Workplace news and analysis

Valentine's day protest

Unique Care workers plan more protests

Israeli postal workers storm trade union HQ


 

Home   |   The Socialist 22 February 2007   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Students:

triangleBrighton victory

triangleUni market 'failure', two-year degrees - end cuts, scrap fees!

triangleLiverpool John Moores Uni landslide for Socialist Students

trianglePlans to launch no-cuts campaign at Kirklees College

triangleDemonstrations by uni students and staff greet Bath vice-chancellor resignation

Fees:

triangleMarch for free education! We demand a future!

triangleSocialist Students actions against uni fees on Budget Day

triangleWalk out against tuition fees on Budget Day!

triangleJoin the budget day protests!

Unions:

triangleA world in crisis, ripe for revolution

triangleAfter the budget - unions must launch pay fight

triangleChatsworth neuro-rehab ward still open - unions join the campaign

Campaign to Defeat Fees:

triangleWilletts approves tuition fees hike

triangleAttacks begin at Bangor University

Trade unions:

triangleLabour 'purge' furore really just democracy

Schools:

triangleOpposition to new academy school being built on Leeds playing fields

Closures:

triangleSouth London health bosses' cover-up

NUS:

triangleLively student demonstration for free education could have been much bigger

Privatisation:

triangleBrexit deal no solution to Tory rifts

Education:

triangleTeachers strike in Sheffield

Northern Ireland:

triangleBoeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

14/12/17

Waltham Forest

Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

13/12/17

London

Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

13/12/17

Fracking

Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

13/12/17

Devon

Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

13/12/17

Miners

Tory plan to hold dinner at coal mining museum defeated

13/12/17

Bradford

Bradford campaign to save children's services launched

13/12/17

South London

South London health bosses' cover-up

13/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite day of action against blacklisting

13/12/17

Brighton

Brighton victory

13/12/17

Newham

Newham anti-academies strikes

13/12/17

Tamil Solidarity

Tamil Solidarity and Refugee Rights activists meeting

12/12/17

Woolwich

Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

7/12/17

RMT

Anti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

6/12/17

Donald Trump

Mobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump's state visit to Britain

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle14 Dec Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangle13 Dec Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangle13 Dec Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

triangle13 Dec Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

triangle13 Dec Trump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian...

triangle13 Dec Labour 'purge' furore really just democracy

EU parliament, Strasbourg

triangle13 Dec Brexit deal no solution to Tory rifts

More ...

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

triangle21 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Socialists and the National Question

triangle6 Jan Socialist Party national women's meeting

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2