Ignore sell-out ‘student leaders’
Josh Wright, president of the City Guild of Students, told the Liverpool Echo: “We will not allow them to take attention away from a peaceful and successful protest against an attack on our education system.”
Meanwhile, Lily Rumsey, president of Liverpool John Moores student union, said: “We are here to protest in a legitimate manner against the increase in fees which will triple student debt.”
What Mr Wright and Miss Rumsey fail (or refuse) to grasp is that they are pursuing a dead-end strategy. The official anti-war movement, led by the likes of the Socialist Workers Party, proved that endless protests and lobbies of parliament don’t achieve anything except give those who participate a chance to let off steam. However, the anti-poll tax movement showed that a sustained campaign of direct action can lead to a successful outcome.
It’s not up to ‘student leaders’ to decide what constitutes legitimate forms of dissent. Radical students should organise themselves on a militant, non-hierarchical basis and totally ignore the leaders and bureaucrats of the National Union of Students.