top up fees

  • Baby Boomers: *concentrate more wealth on themselves than nearly every other generation combined*
  • Baby Boomers: *become the only generation in recorded history to leave the economy worse than they found it*
  • Baby Boomers: *consistently vote for far-right and right-wing groups*
  • Baby Boomers: *were the first generation in recent history not to have to fight a war, and responded to that by starting a string of unjust wars*
  • Baby Boomers: *consistently self-describe in surveys as being 'anti-establishment' despite consistently supporting the establishment*
  • Baby Boomers: *fucked over the housing market so badly that it is now nearly impossible for new-time buyers to get on the housing ladder*
  • Baby Boomers: *enjoyed absolutely free university, only to then immediately introduce tuition fees as soon as they got into power - and then top-up fees, and then a tripled cap on tuition*
  • Baby Boomers: *were among the first people to grow up with the NHS, and set about trying to dismantle it as soon as they were able to*
  • Baby Boomers: *enjoyed one of the healthiest job markets of all time, and then proliferated unpaid internships as a staple of prestige jobs, while also enacting policies that dramatically increased youth unemployment, while simultaneously slashing benefits for unemployed under-25s*
  • Baby Boomers: *voted in significant numbers for Brexit, despite nearly every major economic institution saying it would be a disaster, thus causing worldwide economic and political havoc*
Education is not about personal advancement but is a collective good that benefits our society and our economy. I want to apologise on behalf of the Labour Party to the last generation of students for the imposition of fees, top-up fees and the replacement of grants with loans by previous Labour governments. I opposed those changes at the time - as did many others - and now we have an opportunity to change course.
—  Jeremy Corbyn
A small rant on education...
Upon being deluged with articles about higher education and it’s debate in England, I, an English student in Paris, felt pushed into writing my reponse:

Sleep is a foreign concept to the fashion student.

But then again, the studio in which I spend my days toiling away in the eleventh arrondissement of Paris has no windows, so the passing of time remains largely undocumented; a day is marked with randomly allocated cigarette breaks and caffeine intakes, rather than regular meals, and the only hour of the day marked with precision is 8.30, when the students trundle in from their morning’s metro commute. The phenomena of “Night and Day” are long forgotten abstract concepts; the idea of ceasing work to curl in a ball under more fabric an absurdity for those not faced with the imminent threat of a couturier’s gaze on their toiles run up in calico: A gaze that, in all probability, is running on even less sleep than that of the student, and working as many, if not more, jobs.

I would posit, in fact, that if libraries distort the space and time of our reality with L-space, then the isolated campus that houses the university’s fashion students too distorts into a polyfractal dimension in which everywhere is also everywhere else; for the 6 studios absorb all other locations in the student’s universe in order that they should never leave. Or, it could rather be said, never leave in a conscious state. 

Not that being present is a guarantee of cranial activity. Under the high vaulted ceiling of cement and glass tiles (the sort you more habitually see on pavements in London beside houses with basements), glass tiles which, it should be noted, have been frosted to such an extent that they do not allow for light to pass through them, the art students have cracked. Art, law, language students- everyone goes mental during finals.

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