London general assembly releases battle plan

Included at the meeting were representatives of Coalition of Resistance, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, Education Activists Network and many university and college anti-cuts campaigns.

Saturday 4th December: protest outside of Lib Dem London Conference (Haverstock School, Camden) 

Sunday 5th December: General Assemblies in as many cities as possible to plan action for 8th and 9th, actions across the country to keep pressure up on government. Education Activist Network Teach-In at LSE, 11-4.
Monday 6th December: Lobby outside NUS headquarters for Aaron Porter to support the national demo on 9th. Meet at 10am.
Wednesday 8th December: NUS Day of Action. Support protests and walkouts across the country. NUS Women’s Campaign will protest outside Lynn Fetherstone’s offices (Wood Green) and demonstrations will take place outside MP’s offices and on campus’ across the country. After school rallies will take place in towns and cities to get everyone ready. Those from outside of London are encouraged to travel down on the 8th and stay at occupations, ready for the 9th.
Thursday 9th December: Student and education workers from across the country should come to London. Students should make picket lines to ensure all workers comes out. Shut down institutions, blockade and picket schools, colleges and universities. “Shut down London” should be our slogan for the day. We will invite Ed Miliband to the massive march on parliament.
We call on all Trade Unions to support the action and call on their members to walk out and support the protests. The TUC should call on their members to support the demo if they can’t go out during the day, and to attend the demo after work.
Those who really cannot make it to London should have solidarity actions across the country; protests outside town halls etc.

Comments

  1. The elephant in the room, that everyone seems to be astutely ignoring, is how the fuck universities can claim that a degree education costs anywhere near £9000 per student per year.

    THAT IS ALMOST AN ANNUAL FULL TIME MINIMUM WAGE!!!

    Most of what a student learns during their degree, is done in their own time, from books they have to buy themselves!

    Most degree courses offer (often considerably) less than 20 hours of tuition per week, for only a fraction of the year, carried out in lecture theatres of over a hundred students…how can each student possibly be costing £9000 per year to teach?

    At the same time as degrees have become more expensive, through the introduction of tuition fees, and top-up fees, the value of a degree education has dropped as more and more people have taken such a route. Now students need to pursue post-graduate education if they wish to distinguish themselves academically.

    I’m no economist, but to be charging more for something that’s value is dropping just doesn’t seem fair or reasonable.

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    The present round of cuts is part of a much longer-term trend, that has been in progress since long before Blair’s New Labour came into power. This has nothing to do with Conservative or Labour, or left Vs right, the trend has remained unchanged no matter which political puppet has supposedly been in the driving seat. The true agenda is set by people that sit above such arbitrary party divisions.

    Only a few years before I started university in 1997, students were able to survive quite easily with their fees fully paid, and with subsistence grants to pay their living costs. Back then, students were still poor (being famed for living off baked beans), but they didn’t have to start their working life enslaved to debt.

    By the time I started, student loans were necessary to survive, as grants were quickly removed. Soon after, tuition fees were introduced, and then top up fees, twice by a Labour party that had stood for election opposing such fees (now where have we heard that before?). We attended many marches in protest, for all the good they did.

    In only the 15 years since the days when students were able to attain a degree without the yoke of debt, graduates are now being expected to pay upto £27,000 PLUS their living costs (which themselves are rising rapidly).

    What a nice scheme to ensure a population of compliant slaves?

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    Every country in the world seems to be in debt to the very bankers that have been bailed out due to the global economic crisis that they themselves caused. The politicians are merely the nominated scapegoats placed to take the blame, and keep the public divided along arbitrary party lines, while the looting continues behind the curtain.

    The very fact the government is in debt is a result of a WHOLESALE FRAUD, for which most people are still entirely ignorant.

    Governments DO NOT need to borrow money, they could print themselves all they require. Instead, they print bonds (which are bills of exchange – ie. money) which they sell to their central bank (eg. Bank of England) who exchange it for their currency (eg. Sterling).

    It doesn’t matter whether the Bank of England print the money, or the government directly, both methods have the same inflationary impact (inflation being a tax)…the difference is that through the current system, the tax-payer is lumbered with an additional debt tied to the bonds, with compound interest rates. The taxpayer therefore pays MORE THAN TWICE for all government expenditure!!!

    Inflation is literally a tax upon money. It is affected by any growth or reduction in the overall money supply. As the government spends money, the money supply increases and inflation rises, as it taxes, the money supply falls and inflation falls.

    This is as simple as it should be: if you want a stable currency the government must tax as much as it spends. Any excessive expenditure (that’s not covered by taxation) will be covered by inflation. THERE IS LITERALLY NO NEED FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO REQUIRE DEBT!!!

    Unfortunately, the public have been fooled into allowing previous governments to enter an intentionally overly complex and arcane financial system through which the world’s bankers can call the shots by requiring governments to depend upon their own central banks (eg. the Bank of England) for access to finance.

    The taxpayer now not only pays for any excess expenditure through inflation, but is also expected to pay AGAIN the cost of the debt PLUS an exponentially growing rate of interest to bankers who themselves created the money from THIN AIR!!!

    The banks print money, and governments print debt (on their taxpayers behalf)…does this sound to anyone like the way it SHOULD work???

    Until this basic fraud is brought to the attention of the masses, we have little hope for remedy!

  2. Mandy Ford says:

    Thousands of jobs are being axed forcing people on to benefits. Iain Duncan Smith is blaming the out of work and the disabled “for the financial mess that the ountry is in”. He has also lied and claimed that the sick and disabled “sign themselves off sick” from work by “filling in a form” which isn’t true. Peple have to be signed ff sick by their GP then they have to see DWP “doctors” for medical assessments. The interviews are very stressful. No one signs themself off sick by filling in a form the way he has made out in the Sun newspaper.

  3. Mandy Ford says:

    *country* [sorry for the typo]

  4. the day is short, the night is long, the fight goes on, the pistols and the pipes are droooorrrrn

  5. Ben Johnson says:

    Why invite Milliband? Labour introduced tuition fees, they’re just as bad as the others.

  6. Don’t stand for any violence this time; keep the moral high ground. Isolate the brickbats and check whether their boots are standard issue uniform!

  7. Fernando Luiz says:

    We need the rest of the population on our side NOW!
    They ALL need to understand that if this Lib-Con government gets away with this first move towards destroying the fundamental institutions in this country, then they will gather strength and become even more ruthless in pursuing OTHER CUTS – which will affect EVERYONE DIRECTLY!…
    As in May 68, it has to be a movement that mobilises the WHOLE of SOCIETY!

  8. Don’t invite milliband!!! This has been a grassroots radical campaign. Drag in the party left to co-op it!!! Are you mad???
    a strategic point – good to have crash space but if you get people staying in the occupation buildings the police are just going to kettle you in before you get going.

  9. I agree with you Kelly!
    Debate him – OK
    Join him? – I don’t think so!

  10. The fact that any soverign government is in debt is a result of a centuries old fraud that lies at the heart of the economic crisis.

    Banks cause inflation whenever they lend money that they don’t have. Through fractional reserve lending, for every £10 deposit, the bank can create and loan out as much money from thin air as their reserve requirements allow. In fact, the UK has abolished all reserve requirments, allowing the banks to create and lend as much money as they want.

    Banks literally have the power to print money, yet this power is denied from elected governments who can only print debt (bonds). International bankers have more power over our economy, than our own elected government! They get to choose which projects can obtain funding, they get to charge interest on money they didn’t have in the first place, and we all pay the price through inflation!!!

    We already pay for excess government expenditure through inflation (which is a tax on money) caused by the spending of money ingto the economy. However, because the government has printed debt rather than money, we are expected to pay AGAIN the cost of the debt PLUS an exponentially growing rate of interest to bankers who themselves created the money from THIN AIR!!!

    Does this sound to anyone like the way it should work? Surely this issue lies at the very heart of the problem?

    Surely if we brought this issue to the attention of the general public, they’d be more inclined to support your struggle?

  11. Um, correct me if i missed a beat here, but if universities are having their funding cut this year, and tuition fees are to make up the gap in 2012, how are courses such as mine supposed to be funded. Also the new sugar coating is up the fees, then make the already cash strapped unis pay for a year of free tuition for people on school meals. Thats still no money left in universities except for the sort of courses that will be left which are aimed at public sector schooling. Now ii qualified for free school meals and eve i think this is wrong as middle class people will still be put off, and even with 2 years paid thats still as much debt as i get in one year now. Which did put me off for a year during which i worked 3 jobs in order to be able to afford my living costs.
    But still, back to the original point, whats going to happen to people on courses like mine when the funding is withdrawn. . . or has this point been successfully brushed under the carpet?

  12. @Ruski

    Thats really interesting and slightly scary 🙁

    How can a bank lend money that doesnt exist,, and then charge interest on that non-existent money?

    Thats mental tbh!

  13. The reason for inviting Ed Miliband is that the majority of Britain’s trade unions are affiliated to the Labour Party. If he agrees to come with us, then we can get much more trade union backing and try and persuade TUs to take strike action to defend education. If he does not, then he will have shown millions of people that he is not serious about fighting the education cuts.

    We also want to pressure him to make a statement that Labour councillors should not collaborate with the cutting of EMA – it’s locally administered.

  14. Protest the cause, not the symptoms!
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    International bankers have more power over our economy, than our own elected government! They get to choose which ventures can obtain funding, they get to charge interest on money they didn’t have in the first place, and we all pay the price through inflation!!!

    The fact that any soverign government is in debt at all is as a result of a centuries old fraud that lies at the heart of all economic crises. Surely if this issue was brought to the attention of the general public, they’d be more inclined to support your struggle?

    ——————————————

    Nearly every country in the world is currently in debt to the very bankers that have been bailed out due to the global economic crisis that they themselves caused. The politicians are merely the nominated scapegoats placed to take the blame, and keep the public divided along arbitrary party lines, while the looting continues behind the curtain.

    Banks cause inflation whenever they lend money that they don’t have. Through fractional reserve lending, for every deposit made, the bank can create and loan out as much money from thin air as their reserve requirements allow. In fact, the UK has abolished all reserve requirments, allowing the banks to create and lend as much money as they want.

    Banks literally have the power to print money, yet this power is denied from elected governments who can only print debt (bonds). International bankers have more power over our economy, than our own elected government! They get to choose which ventures can obtain funding, they get to charge interest on money they didn’t have in the first place, and we all pay the price through inflation!!!

    We already pay for excess government expenditure through inflation (which is a tax on money) caused by the spending of newly created money into the economy. However, because the government has printed debt rather than money, we are expected to pay AGAIN the cost of the debt PLUS an exponentially growing rate of interest to bankers who themselves created the money from THIN AIR!!!

    Does this sound to anyone like the way it should work? Surely this issue lies at the very heart of the problem? Surely if this issue was brought to the attention of the general public, they’d be more inclined to support your struggle?

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    For more information, check out the following…

    Money As Debt:
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5352106773770802849

    Secret of Oz:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U71-KsDArFM

    PLEASE INVESTIGATE THIS FURTHER, AND SHARE THE INFORMATION WITH YOUR FRIENDS!!!

    THIS FIGHT IS ABOUT FREEDOM VS SLAVERY, WHICH ROAD WILL WE CHOOSE?

  15. “Lobby outside NUS headquarters for Aaron Porter to support the national demo”

    It was my understand that Mr Porter supports these demonstrations, but (like many people) does not agree with the violence & vandalism that some people are doing? Is that correct?

  16. John Peirce says:

    Surely the government is not putting up tuition fees (as the media shorthand has it) – it’s allowing the universities to do so, up to a ceiling.
    Q: Why do the universities need to put up fees?
    A: because their grant from central government doesn’t cover the costs of undergraduate teaching.
    Even with increased fees the actual costs to universities will not be covered.
    Q: Why are universities so expensive?
    A: Because successive governments have increased the numbers of students towards a 50% target without backing their promises with adequate funding.
    These were party-politically motivated choices.
    We should be campaigning against government cuts to university funding – even for an increase in funding for universities. This is a matter of demonstrating our pollitical will around higher education.
    This is not just a matter for students or their own career prospects or even about their rights – it’s for the whole of society.
    The whole of society benefits from the excellence of the education of its citizens.

  17. Surely you want to invite all the mp’s, because if they are to vote against the cuts then they should come out and do it publicly. We know they change there minds all the time, so forget what they used to believe in, all mps invited. The campaign will have a lot more power and put a lot more pressure on the goverment to really do something about this situation
    the lib dems said they were against the cuts but due to the fact that the coallition was formed then they have to be for it. However isnt the goverment about everyone having there own vote, if the lib dems have to vote for certain things, doesnt it make the country a dictatorship, where the conservatives and lib dems can do whatever they want as the other parties do not make up a majority. if the lib dems and conservatives do not have an open voting system where every minister is free to vote then what is the point of voting in the first place.

  18. Calling it a “Battle Plan” doesn’t really sound like a very sensible thing really does it?
    Its idiots like you on this site that without realising it will have encouraged violence today.
    Well done you muppetts. We’re all in this mess together and we’re all having to pay.

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