Friday, 11 November 2011
The Student protest in London this week
A facebook friend commented about the protest in London this week "...shouldn't these bloody students/wasters of taxpayers money be in the f**king lectures they a moaning about paying for?" I politely commented back that it is "reading week" at most London unis this week, meaning many courses have no timetabled lectures and also that Wed afternoon is traditionally sports afternoon as well so that the march was scheduled for a time when the majority of students wouldn't miss a lecture. The tabloid inspired snap judgement made me smile really and reminded me to criticise from a position of little knowledge is a dangerous thing. To be frank the march started at the bottom of the street my office is in - I could barely hear the protest over the droning helicopters and there were more police on the streets than protests and bystanders combined! There could be an argument that the massive police operation was a bigger waste of taxpayers money.