Fees, Lib Dems and Political Islam: The Real Concerns on Campus

By Miliband, David | New Statesman (1996), November 7, 2011 | Go to article overview

Fees, Lib Dems and Political Islam: The Real Concerns on Campus


Miliband, David, New Statesman (1996)


Labour's problem in 2010 was politics and not just policy-bow we understood (or didn't) our relationship with the country, how we were organised, the internal culture, the retreat to a narrow base and even narrower appeal. It is true that "good policy makes for good politics", but renewal demands that we address fundamental issues of how we do politics.

Good politics is not about tactics, opportunism, squaring circles and cutting corners. It is about opening up a dialogue of respect, engagement and action with people that informs us as it inspires them. So when Ed asked me to take Labour's message to Britain's university students, I was enthusiastic.

In truth, I didn't know what to expect. One of the university professors we contacted told me: "We're quite surprised you are willing to venture into the lion's den." I didn't see it that way. I am linking Labour Students with the Movement for Change to campaign for a living wage for university employees such as cleaning and catering staff--real issues.

Liberation campuses

After five visits to talk with as many as 2,500 students at Kent, Durham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Birmingham universities, here are some early impressions. They are not scientific or unbiased--but they are real.

First and foremost, it is impossible to talk to students and not be reminded that university is one of the great social and economic liberations of our age, and that British universities are a great global resource. Students arc, in the main, enjoying the experience. And they are coming to Britain from around the world. When I spoke in Birmingham about my visit to Gaza, up popped a student who was from Gaza--so it is not just the obvious places. Our universities are a microcosm of the global village, so government plans to restrict the number of students attending British universities are met with bafflement.

Second, the idea that students couldn't give a damn isn't true. We organise my meetings through politics and international relations departments, but also widen the net. So physics students (thank you, Hannah) ask about prosecuting war criminals, just as politics students (thanks, John) can ask about ethics. And because this is an open conversation not a political meeting, I would guess that there are not just Tories, Liberal Democrats and Greens in the audience as well as Labour supporters, but also a majority of undecided voters.

I do a 20-minute conversation with a professor, then a question-and-answer session with the audience. They don't want a lecture. This section of the population wants a reflective engagement with big issues.

Third, fees are an issue - people don't like them and are worried about debt. I get a question on fees at each meeting, but these young people have more to talk about. Perhaps it will be different for the [pounds sterling]9,000 generation starting next September. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Fees, Lib Dems and Political Islam: The Real Concerns on Campus
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.