The grassroots acknowledge the impracticality to continue to recommend abolishing tuition fees; it would stink of hypocrisy and failure to understand the dangerous reality of popular policies. More importantly, abolishing tuition fees is too expensive.
The manifesto for 2015 will be based on genuine, authentic and affordable aspirations – not cheap rhetoric.
The President of the NUS, Aaron Porter, was allegedly racially abused at a student rally at Manchester after failing to stand by the hard left – who want direct action against the government. Mr Porter claims he was received with chanting of “Tory Jew” and “Jewish scum.” Some tweets made reference to protesters declaring Mr Porter a “Zionist”, too.
This should not be viewed as an isolated event because the left, especially a minority in the anti-war movement, are regularly blamed for anti-semitic slogans in relation to Israel. The word “Zionist” is tossed around as a legitimate method to denounce an opponent – without considering the possible consequence. Is every Jew a Zionist? Of course not, there are Oxthodox Jews who do not recognise or support the State of Israel. But the left, especially extreme elements within it, must prevent and combat any anti-Semitic opinions within their ranks.
One cannot campaign against Islamophobia within British society and then, within the same breath, allow intolerance and discrimination against Jews from their own side.