Thursday, 9 December 2010

Speech Given at Rally Outside Civc Centre Today

Before the 10th November the Students had no voice, we had been let down by our elected student union leaders, let down by the Governors of our Universities and let down by all political parties as they commoditize our education.

This afternoon the House Commons they are debating over the rise in tuition fees. But this is not the end, merely the beginning.

On the 24th November a group of students occupied a Newcastle University Fine Arts Lecture Theatre. We have been living in the cold, striving to get our voices heard. During the past few weeks we have been planning and enacting peaceful direct action in an effort to make a difference to future students and the lives of all. This affects our children, our brothers and sisters, and our friends. This affects the future leaders, doctors, lawyers, actors, journalists, artists, scientists, and politicians. This affects everyone and we must do what we can to stop this unnecessary attack on education.

The student movement recognises that the cuts imposed by the Government affect all other public services. We call on everyone to join the campaign, to forge links to create a strong anti-cuts movement. Students and Workers united.

To slash funding to the public services is a step backwards. To a time when we had to save our pennies in case we got ill, when people were stuck in poverty for generations. While the poor get poorer, the rich get richer.

David Cameron says "We are all in this together"; its time to reclaim this slogan, this is the message we take back to our schools, universities and workplaces. We are all in this together and we will fight together.

You are here today to make your voice heard, together with students, lecturers, union representatives and members of the public from across the region.

We had no voice and now we have found one. We will not be silenced.

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