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March 18, 2005

The conservative account of student unionism conflates it with political activism, unbridled excesses and nefarious student goings-on.

The stereotypes employed are the partisan student activist more interested in the next election than the wellbeing of fellow students; and the battler studying part-time who has to pay for the services they do not use.

Well, there are other sterotypes:
It is difficult to accept the 'trust me I'm from the government' on this issue. They are about confrontation not compromise.

Seriously though. The men from the government cross their hearts and say they are market liberals who are in favour of negative (not positive) liberty. Yet they are imposing their solutions upon the universities, rather than letting the educational market sort out what student services are to be provided. They want it both ways.

See why we should not trust the men from the government? They are obsessed centralizers who have seduced by Leviathan.

Of course the men from the government will touch their hearts and say that their heavy hand and tough line was forced on them by their backbench, which is deeply opposed to a softly, softly compromise approach. We wuz was saddled with it they will say. What else can we do?

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 2:34 PM | | Comments (0)