Thursday, 2 December 2010

Keith Taylor MEP on student fees

Keith Taylor, the Green MEP for the South East, has spoken out about student fees.

I fully support the students and young people who are taking a stand against education cuts and increased fees. As a Green, I believe that non-violent direct action is a valid response to unpopular, unfair decisions such as these.

These cuts are not inevitable, they are simply the wrong ideological choice and the three main parties all need to be challenged at the ballot box as well as on the streets about their punitive actions; life-changing actions that will deny some young people access to higher education and leave others is severe debt.

That wrong ideological choice is also leading us down a path of job losses, public service cuts and privatisation, paid for by those who are least responsible for the deficit. But if tax avoidance and unpaid taxes are targeted, and we invest in the public sector and green jobs, it will bring in over £100 billion whilst creating new jobs, including 1 million new climate jobs.

We must continue to raise our voices and say that we don’t want these cuts, and to demand a better, more sustainable choice to bring an end to this financial crisis.

No comments: