Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 26 August 2009

University places scandal

Jobs and education not dole and debt

Youth Fight For Jobs march 2 April 2009, photo Paul Mattsson

Youth Fight For Jobs march 2 April 2009, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Fight for real jobs

Fight for free education

Join the demonstration on 28 November in London

How many obstacles can the government put in front of young people who want a decent future?

Danny Melia and Sarah Sachs-Eldridge

Under New Labour, would-be university students have not exactly had it easy. But the brutal testing regime of the British education system and the bleak prospect of 23,000 worth of graduate debt have not satisfied Gordon Brown and Co.

This year further thousands of young people have been denied a place at university.

Why? Because of government cuts. Young people have been told their future is 'too' expensive.

This summer, while fat cat bankers and bosses sit in their counting houses counting all their bonuses and many expenses-enriched MPs holiday on the yachts of the wealthy and sometimes famous, young people face a miserable situation. The recession means youth unemployment is on track to reach one million in September.

Fighting fees  - student demonstration in central London, photo Rob Sutton

Fighting fees - student demonstration in central London, photo Rob Sutton

The university admissions service, Ucas, says there are now about 60,000 more applicants this year than last year - a rise of about 10% - as many attempt to escape long-term joblessness. But the government capped the number of extra places available at 13,000, and has not committed to fully funding them.

This has created a nightmare situation for young people who have sweated through their exams and coursework to get the required grades. Tens of thousands of young people have been denied entry to their chosen courses. Following the announcement of A-level exam results there was chaos in the clearing system.

A 200 million 'hole' in government funding for universities means further destruction of higher education; insufficient places, job cuts, course cuts and privatisation. Huge lecture theatres abound where lecturers are tiny specks in the distance. For students, tuition fees mean getting jobs and that means less hours in the libraries, where there are already insufficient texts for the growing student numbers.

Plenty of money

But let's put this 'hole' in context. The IMF estimated that the UK bank bailout cost 140 billion. That could fill 7,000 such holes. Trident nuclear weapons are likely to cost 76 billion over their lifetime, the equivalent to over 3,000 holes. Research for the TUC in 2008 showed that companies and wealthy individuals are manipulating the British tax system to avoid 25 billion of tax each year.

So why have so many young people had their future snatched away from them? Because pro-big business politicians and their greedy pals in the boardrooms make adequate funding impossible.

Socialists say that education should be a right for all. Everyone should have the opportunity to learn, to develop their skills and interests and to contribute to society. Under capitalism, increasing numbers are denied this.

Chancellor Alistair Darling has insisted that the government is doing all it can to avoid creating a "lost generation" of young people. Imagine if they stopped 'trying'! Young people cannot rely on capitalist politicians to defend their rights.

Building a mass movement to fight for free education, for real jobs and for the right to a decent future for all is urgent. To guarantee these rights will take a struggle for socialism.

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

In The Socialist 26 August 2009:

Jobs and education not dole and debt

War and occupation

Afghanistan: Withdraw foreign troops

Socialist Party NHS campaign

No to health privatisation and 'the market'

Private Finance Initiative still threatens NHS future

Socialist Party campaign news

Vestas workers fight on

Ireland - workers campaign against Lisbon Treaty

Recession threat grows

Time to Fight Back: demonstrate at TUC conference

Socialist Party workplace news

Construction workers defending jobs and conditions

Postal strike reports

Fiddlers Ferry protest continues

South Yorks firefighters plan industrial action

Youth fight for jobs

No to Future Jobs Fraud scheme

Leaving education: comment

Youth Fight for Jobs action

Socialist Students and Youth Fight for Jobs campaign material

Socialist Party Marxist analysis

World recession, revolution and counter-revolution in Latin America

Socialist Party news and analysis

March shows growing opposition to far right BNP

Daventry: socialist candidate in council by-election

Passengers want publicly owned buses

Unison witchhunt

Unison witch-hunt/employment tribunal: The truth is coming out

Housing crisis

How safe are our houses?

Global Warming

Poorest suffer globally from climate change


Home   |   The Socialist 26 August 2009   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  

Related links:

Young people:

triangleWest London Socialist Party: Young people need socialism!

triangleNasty party out the Tories

triangleThe fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity

triangleEyewitness: Irish socialist MP participates in events

triangleSolidarity with Catalonia - the people have the right to decide


triangleWorkplace news in brief

triangleBoeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangleMonarch abdicates responsibility to workers

triangleCapitalism and human progress


triangleUniversity of Leeds workers walk out

triangleFreshers week campaigning reports

triangleFight for free education


triangleNHS meltdown - fight the Tory cuts

triangleHousing crisis: Corbyn's positive measures blanked by Labour's right


triangleWhy do young people need socialism?


triangleCardiff Socialist Students confront 'Parasite' Jacob Rees-Mogg


triangleFight tuition fees

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns



Justice for Tube cleaners demo



Salford Unison condemns pay cuts


Royal Mail

CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike



Carlisle NHS campaigners hand in petition to MP



Don't wreck our rec! Campaigning to save green space in Standish



No more fire deaths - ensure safety now!



Cardiff Socialist Students confront 'Parasite' Jacob Rees-Mogg


John McDonnell

Manchester rally discussed unionisation and nationalisation



Join the Orgreave Halloween rally



Workplace news in brief


Democratic rights

Who's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights


Northern Ireland

Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs



Too much to cross the Mersey


Royal Mail

Set for national strike action



Supporting the general strike in Catalonia

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

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

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

triangle11 Oct Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangle6 Oct Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangle4 Oct The nasty party turns on itself... but the Tories must be driven out

More ...

triangle16 Oct Teesside Socialist Party: After the party conferences

triangle17 Oct London: TUC lobby & rally; and London march

triangle18 Oct Warrington & St Helens Socialist Party: 1917-2017; the October Russian Revolution

triangle18 Oct Hackney Socialist Party: 100 years ago - the Bolshevik-led revolution

More ...

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



October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017





















Platform setting: = No platform choice