YCL Greater Manchester have issued the following statement on the recent negotiations between University of Manchester management and the Student Union:
Now in Manchester in 2020, in response to the government’s failure to protect the “partying students” they’ve sought to use as a means of circumventing responsibility for their strategic ineptitude and £12bn failed track and trace scheme, students are once again refusing to be diligent piggy banks for an increasingly-monopolised higher education system and the private property investors taking a generous chunk of capital from student-occupied halls during lockdown.
The West of England Branch of the Young Communist League are dismayed, but not surprised, at the uncritical reporting from news outlets that financial services company Bankrate have rated the city of Bath the UK’s “most progressive place… to live and work”
The refusal to extend free school meals over Christmas has met a lot of backlash. The predicted cost of this scheme would only be around £20 million as only 15% of students were estimated to be receiving free school meals. This number accounts for about 1.3 million children but the actual figure is now estimated to have risen to around 2 million.
Across England, different areas are going into local lockdowns according to the Government’s new tiered alert system which ranks areas according to medium (1), high (2) and very high (3) risk. Greater Manchester looked poised to join Liverpool in Tier 3 this week
In the last few weeks the Tories, headed by Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education (pictured), have been busy putting out new information for schools to safeguard children. Unfortunately the threats they’re tackling are not the growing threat of coronavirus, but the threat to their minds from dangerous ideas like anti-capitalism
Margaret Ferrier, SNP MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, has been suspended by her party after she traveled to London, from her constituency whilst waiting for the results of a Coronavirus test. After arriving in London, her test was returned positive. Instead of self-isolating in her London residence, she again flouted the rules and traveledContinue reading “SNP MP suspended after failing to self-isolate”
An opinion poll released last week put Labour ahead in the polls for the first time since June 2019. However, despite the utterly inadequate response of the government, which has seen Britain with the largest death toll in Europe , many voters have still continued to support them.
Over the weekend, it was announced that students in Scotland and in Manchester were to be placed under further restrictions following significant outbreaks of Covid-19. In Manchester, 127 students have tested positive for the virus, while around 1,700 university students have been told to self-isolate.
Today (22 September 2020) it was announced that new COVID-19 restrictions were to come into place in an attempt to combat rising cases of the virus.