It particularly illustrates the ability of student politics to breed spineless parasites.
Stack rightly points out that many former Labour National Union of Students (NUS) moguls are now occupying government positions or enjoying their lavish days of being Blair’s lobby fodder. The likes of Jack Straw, Charles Clarke, Stephen Twigg and Jim Murphy all spent time ensuring that Labour dominated the NUS. Unfortunately today it is very much the same.
The current NUS leadership has given Charles Clarke and Blair an insultingly comfortable ride on top-up fees. This issue demands a powerful response. At present the leadership of NUS are probably too busy crafting their own paths into the New Labour hierarchy.
The direction of the Blair government in relation to higher education is an attack on diversity and equality. The weakness of the NUS leadership (especially those carrying Labour Party cards) merely serves to give illegitimate credit to those on the right. Students deserve better. But then again they probably did when Aaronovitch, Clarke, Straw et al were ‘playing’ student politics.
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