Sunday, 14 November 2010
Higher education protests
I will blog at length about this later, but for now I have been utterly appalled by the student protests and the media reaction to them. We've had Johann Hari follow Bridget Phillipson and Andy Burnham into denying his own intelligence and hard work. We've had an academic on Comment is Free suggesting that the government are being undemocratic in not listening to the yells of 50,000 people. We've had the spectacle of some of the brightest, most privileged and most fortunate people in the UK - no, in the world - angrily try to destroy the society and values that gave them such privilege. And we've seen a host of alleged progressives angrily denounce a highly progressive plan for funding higher education. All in all, a fairly depressing week.