The Government last night voted to increase student fee’s and although some of there own parties voted against it they still won the vote with a small majority of 21. As this was going on in the commons outside the students were making there opinions heard by going on the rampage, and wrecking anything in there path. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall even got caught up in the violence. There car had paint thrown of it and a missile was thrown that cracked the windscreen of the car, but both were uninjured.
I wonder what Charles and his wife must have thought of all this, as they both have children who have been to university in the past. The increase will see Lots of would be scholars miss out on a university education. The average university fee now is 9,000 pound, plus if they can find the fee’s the prospect of debt then looms, and with banks thinking seriously about loans there could be problems ahead for these students. A lot of these students were first time voters and the majority of them voted for a party who said they would not increase student fee’s, well that was a tactic that got them the vote and into government, but like the old scenario of other parties they completely went back on the promise to these students. In the next 5 years I wonder what our list of academics will look like, I’m sure the list will have shrunk.
The vote put Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and his Liberal Democrat party in an awkward spot. Liberal Democrats signed a pre-election pledge to oppose any such tuition hike, and reserved the right to abstain in the vote even though they are part of the governing coalition proposing the change. Those protesting were particularly incensed by the broken pledge from Clegg’s party.
Students from around the UK gathered in London for a day of protests and a rally – with police expecting about 20,000 demonstrators. The coalition government faced its first major backbench rebellion in the vote. The BBC’s Ben Brown, outside Parliament, said protesters shouted “shame on you” as news of the result filtered out to the crowd. The package of measures will see fees rising to an upper limit of £9,000 per year – with requirements for universities to protect access for poorer students if they charge more than £6,000 per year. Police say 12 officers and 43 protesters have been injured, while 34 arrests were made. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said there would be a “very serious and very detailed investigation” into the disturbances, in which 10 police officers have been injured