As is so often the case in times of dissatisfaction, the student movement appears to be leading the way. With the betrayal of the Lib Dem’s free education promise still in the minds of young voters, and having faced a tripling of university tuition fees under the Coalition government, students are at the forefront of anti-government protest.
In November as many as 10,000 students descended on London to demand the right to free education for all, no matter their class, race, or financial situation, and an end to austerity. This protest was not supported by the National Union of Students (NUS) who cited safety fears as the reason they were not alongside the people they were supposed to be representing. The decision not to support the protest shows that the NUS are out of touch with the wishes of students across the country.
Though the NUS distance themselves from this new wave of protests, the tide appears to be turning against their authority. Following on from the protest in London, marches and demonstrations have occurred throughout the country without the need for NUS support. It seems that the students have woken up to the fact that if they want something done, they need to do it themselves.