June 01, 2006

WHAT DO WE WANT?..err free bus fares apparantly..

Student riots in Chile are on to their second day, with police using tear gas to quell the 'violence'. The fact this shows yet another example of over–zealous policing I will leave for another day..

The three demands that the students have are, curriculum reform, no exam fees and yes.. free bus passes. A country wide demonstration, with a third of their demands being subsidised public transport.. For some reason it doesn't seem like it should catch on…

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying these aren't legitimate greivences. My point is that it's startling in comparison to the apathy in the UK, where the prospect of tuition fees barely raised an eyebrow from the brunt of the student body, which almost wholeheartedly opposes them..

The fact that the majority of these students are secondary school age even further reinforces the point.

Has the UK 'developed' past the need for demonstration? I think not. So why do citizens not feel the need to go out and defend their rights/beliefs? If I were a socialist, I'd say the individualistic consumerism–driven capitalist dictatorship was to blame. On the other hand, if I weren't I'd tell me to shut up, we've never had it so good…

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  1. Christopher Rossdale

    A large part of it is, i think, disillusionment with the pluralist system. We have a sort of grudging conception that new laws are inevitable – Iraq was a real blow to democracy, because people fell into just accepting that if power wants, power gets. The individualism is certainly a part of it – particularly at places like Warwick (you must have heard the old 'why does the SU concern itself with matters outside campus?'), but that feeling of disenfranchisement can't be overlooked.

    01 Jun 2006, 14:20

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