By Guy Howie, UCLU Marxists
Students coming to London this year face an unprecedented attack on their education. Ever since the Tories and Liberals trebled fees to £9,000 in 2010, we have seen university funding continually rolled back and the costs of student living soar.
For London students in 2013 the cut-backs have reached a critical point. At UCL, the “Bloomsbury Masterplan” – a £500 million sell-off of many of the university’s assets – has been announced. This includes the closure of the university’s medical centre, Gower Place Practice, at the end of this academic year to make way for research funded by big business.
The second Egyptian Revolution!
By Timur Dautov, UCLU Marxist Society President
“It is only when the “lower classes” do not want to live in the old way and the “upper classes” cannot carry on [ruling] in the old way that the revolution can triumph” – Lenin, “Left-Wing” Communism: An Infantile Disorder, 1920.
Lenin’s criteria for a revolutionary situation are applicable now more than ever. Workers and youth of the world, unwilling to put up with inequality, prospects of unemployment and austerity, and refusing to pay for the crisis that they are not responsible for, are yearning for change. From the streets of São Paulo and New York to Tahrir Square and Gezi Park, in their millions they are making their strength seen and intentions clear.