Our students have been taken for a ride - Not by the government but by their incompetent leadership. Various left wing groups, anarchists, anti-wars groups and a whole rag bag of layabouts and vandals who just like to smash things up have taken them for a ride.
All these groups have managed to cause mayhem without themselves being directly involved causing the public to blame it all on students, who will now have far less public sympathy.
Most of these groups couldn't care less about further education, all they want is an excuse to further their own ends, preferably in disguise. If students believe that the Socialist Worker's Party was there to support them, they are more stupid than I thought.
No doubt student leaders were pleased, perhaps flattered, when other groups offered to"support" them and provided help; they clearly haven't lived long enough to learn that there is no such thing as a "free lunch".
When the Countryside Alliance protest that took place in London back in 2002 they steadfastly refused any offers of "help" or "support" from other groups although a few did manage to muscle in on the protest. An estimated 400,000 people took part in that demonstration and there were few problems. Indeed, that was the only occasion that I have ever seen when I believe that the Police could be accused of violence rather than the demonstrators.
Our students have a lot to learn, and much of it won't be taught in the lecture room. Meanwhile, if their leaders have any sense, they will embark on a sensible PR campaign if they wish to restore some standing with the general public
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