Thousands upon thousands of young people came out to vote, engaging with politics for the very first time. So often alienated and disillusioned with our political process in the past, our generation turned out en-masse: smashing aside conventional wisdom with the kind of irreverent, meme-fuelled fervour that only the millennial generation can. In short, we have claimed a stake in our future like never before.
This policy has been ridiculed by some who would rather see education run as a business, and it is not new to see a popular policy that would disproportionately benefit young people dismissed as a "pipe dream". But across Scandinavia, Latin America and in Germany, Austria, Belgium and more, students enjoy tuition-free education. If countries with both a higher and a lower GDP than the UK can do it - so can we.
I was elected to transform the National Union of Students, to reshape its agenda and its fundamental values. I now look forward to leading our organisation into the General Election - setting out the future and demands of the student movement in the next Parliament and beyond. Our students deserve no less.
'I have broken the stereotype by talking how I talk and walking how I walk.'
“Everyone knows what the NUS is against, but they’re about to find out what we’re fighting for,” says the union’s newly elected
From now on, I am confident that NUS will no longer offer insincere apologies to Jewish students to bolster their out of touch political policies. From now on, NUS can transform to a movement that works with us, not just as lip service but because they genuinely care about us. From now on, I truly believe that NUS will stop shutting Jewish students out the room, but let us lead on antisemitism to revolutionise this movement.
I've been listening to conference, and conference has told me that NUS needs to change. When students turn to us, for help or support or arguments or ideas, they don't get it. And worst still, they're told they don't get it. People see an NUS more interested in infighting and factions than fighting fees. But the change starts here and the change starts now, because our NUS is gonna be different.
When I travel, passport checks and security don't phase me, armed police pay me no attention and no matter where I'm going, the worst I'll face is a bored employee longing to finish their shift. I do as I'm told. Shoes off, electronic devices in the box. I'm polite and don't cause any disruption. So why shouldn't it be like this? The point is it should be, but not just for you.
Lords Vote To Cut Link Between TEF And Fees - A Win For Students And The Movement That We Must Build On
Our government's policy in education remains one that aims to sell it off to the highest bidder. My union's vision, as I believe that of the majority of people in the UK, is that education should remain a right, to be enjoyed by all, at any time in life. Such a vision is one worth fighting for, and one which we will continue to put forward, with others, until it is achieved.
It is possible to build an alternative without pandering to discriminatory, backwards and racist ideas. As an experienced anti-racist campaigner, Trevor Phillips should know better. Meanwhile the snowflakes will continue to build a movement for a society that enables freedom and liberty for all, not just the privileged few.