A video message from a representative of the University of Leeds occupation media team:
Representative eh? Elected democratically by students or elected by occupiers?
Well, that’s a bit of a silly question, if I may say. Like absolutely any election or democratic process, the people who are voting are the members of the eligible voting constituency who have turned up to have their say. All students are welcome to participate in the occupiers’ discussion and debates. None are excluded.
Speaking of democracy, you have in mind George – let me guess – a minority Tory government, propped up by a Lib Dem party who lied in their manifesto about tuition fees?
You have in mind – let me guess – the kind of democracy where politicians use public funds to install such publicly necessary good works as, wait for it, duckhouses (!) and use taxes to enrich themselves with second, third and fourth homes (!) while pretty much abolishing the intellectual character of our universities, blighting the opportunities of a generation of young people and protecting the greed of the banks?
Have you paused for even a second to consider that perhaps “democracy” isn’t being well served at present? Have you paused for even a second to consider that part of living in a democracy means accepting an honorable tradition of dissent when politicians get it wrong?
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