Often, (especially from America) you will hear that the larger the size of Government, the smaller the freedoms of the Nation’s public. I’d argue that the bigger the size of power of big Business, the smaller the size of freedom for the Nation’s public. The argument presents itself beautifully today.
So according to a report from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)… the Union of Corporate criminals has decided that Students should be the ones to pay thousands of pounds straight off, for their University education, to help fill the gap created by cuts in public spending. We should have less grants, higher interest on loans, and hugely inflated tuition fees of up to £5000, they have suggested.
Where is their report aimed at cutting Corporate Tax loopholes?
Where is their recommendation to close down tax havens?
Where is their recommendation to cut the pensions of top bosses who earn up to 30 times that of their workers? Or their annual salary being cut from 100 times that of it’s workers?
Where is the idea that the CBI helps to fund certain courses, given that the future of it’s businesses and profitability depend on state funded education of it’s future workers?
Where were their complaints when businesses were receiving emergency injections of cash?
Why are they encouraging further debt? Have we learnt nothing over the past few years?
Students are the future of this Country, we shouldn’t be suggesting the creation of a new generation of elites, with a generation of those who couldn’t afford to go to University and so spend their lives as slaves to the children of CBI members.
Do these people get worse every day, or are they just born without a soul? Just when I thought I didn’t need any more reason to despise big business, they produce this report.
Of course, the CBI haven’t commented on todays report that shows a huge funding deficit in the pensions of top bosses. Whilst millions of workers have seen their pensions slashed over the last few years, the FTSE 100 top employers have hidden the true cost of their own pensions, by sometimes up to £5m. I think the CBI needs to get it’s priorities in order.
It’s the way of thinking, which really annoys me. It’s the rich way of thinking. The Tory way of thinking. The USA Anti-National Healthcare way of thinking. The way of thinking that says “I’m rich, I shouldn’t have to fund the education of others!!!“, and yet their family, somewhere down the line, had a family member who came from nothing, and was funded by other peoples tax money, to be educated, which lead on directly to the success he/she passed down to this generation of selfish idiots.
The Tories, as usual, did not dismiss this matter. Of course not. It isn’t their children who will be affected. In fact, it benefits their children quite handsomely. The Conservatives’ university spokesman, David Willetts, commented on the report, saying it was “a good opportunity to bring this whole issue back to life”. No it isn’t. It’s a good opportunity to smack the arrogance of the CBI, back down to reality.
Another of the CBI’s suggestions, is to cut the number of degrees that they consider to be unneeded economically, and concentrate more on Science, Maths and English degrees. If we’re talking about useless degrees that tax payers have funded over the years, i’d say the biggest waste of public money, has gone on economic and banking degrees. Did my family, help fund the education of Sir Freddy Goodwin, who then went on to destroy the economy? I’m guessing the CBI would say differently. I’m not entirely sure where these people get the nerve to decide what degrees are right for this Country? Is there any other aspect of my life, these arrogant shits want to control? My life does not revolve around getting a job that will serve only to make members of the CBI richer whilst I hate my job. Again, is this the freedom the Free Market proponents talk about? Is freedom only so, if I do whatever big business wants me to do? I’m about to embark on a Journalism Degree, should I email the CBI to ask if that’s okay with them? Or should I change my course to include something I have absolutely no interest in, just to suit a bunch of criminals in suits? As if we don’t pay enough. I’m likely to leave university in three years time, in immense debt…… the interest on which, will far exceed what I borrowed in the first place. We pay our way, to enjoy fair education and opportunity for all, not just the elites. I’m still not entirely sure why a bunch of corrupt middle aged men, think they have the right to make any kind of money saving suggestions. The National Union of Students should retaliate, with a list of money saving techniques business leaders should embrace, including cutting their salaries and pensions, and selling their multitude of cars.
Thankfully, this generation of University Students will not listen to middle aged upper class toffs dedicated to turning us all into good little workers for their benefit. We have much more intelligence and creativity than to fall for that. Unfortunately, if the battle of ideology between this ridiculous “free market” bullshit, and those of us on the Left is not won by us, our children will suffer the most.
In a Tory Toff World, you have the freedom to be whatever you want……. as long as you can afford it, and big businessmen decide it’s okay. I’m surprised the CBI didn’t include a report on the idea of sending children to work long hours, for a piece of bread every day. It’s only a matter of time.