29 Nov. 2010
The new age of student protest
Students have been staging sit-ins at campuses across the UK in protest against education cuts. Patrick Kingsley visited three and discovered a powerful coalition
Longhaired and big-booted, revolutionary socialist Luke stands up in front of a meeting at the Leeds university occupation, and prepares to speak.
“Comrades . . .” Luke begins – and, from the back of this lecture theatre filled with 200 undergraduates, school students, trade unionists and parents, comes an instant, shouted response.
“DON’T CALL ME COMRADE.”
It’s a familiar exchange.