Tony Blair’s ‘New Labour’ swung to power in 1997 with a majority that effectively turned the UK into a one party state. The Labour Party won as a result of dramatic internal reform as it abandoned many of the toxic Socialist madness that had continued to creep into the manifesto after decades of opposition. Blair shut away the arm-locking Trotskyites back into their Khrushchyovka’s and for those socialist yha-who’s guilty of acerbic class hating, Blair ensured these MPs and members were consigned to the times of Tony Benn.
They tried it in Russia, it didn’t work.
In 1997 the then ‘new’ centre-left party received an immense popular mandate to govern. Their desire to reform every aspect of public life was clearly welcomed by the public. Whilst many reforms are universally recognised as appropriate, such as House of Lords reform, criminal justice reform etcetera, today we still feel the effects of many overzealous and damaging reforms to some of our most treasured institutions.
Everyone knows about Labour’s catastrophic mismanagement of the economy which left the nation wide open to financial crises – to which the current government is in its 7th year of austerity as it tries to continue to pay the bill without burdening future generations with more debt.
Everyone knows how the Iraq war was all based on a lie – which has subsequently destabilised the Middle East for what looks to continue for decades to come.
And worse than all that, the billion pound Millennium Dome project in London – sold for £1, which probably left the nation more physically scared than former London Mayor Ken Livingston’s fetish with bendy busses.
Anyway, enough of my general distaste for the party that triumphantly lands the country in seriously choppy seas every time it takes power. The one Labour policy that is frustrating me the most right now concerns universities, and it’s one of those policies that has continued under the current Conservative government.
‘Education, education, education’ was probably one of the biggest policies of the Labour government in 1997. Since Labour’s education reforms, particularly to universities, people have lost sight as to the purpose of what further education is meant to deliver. Besides the opportunity for a world class degree, universities should be heavily concerned about delivering an intellectual return of investment for students, and value for money.
As with many of New Labour’s policies, only today is the country feeling the full blown devastation that can be caused by socialism-lite, and today’s Labour leader, Marxist apologist, and Nicolas Maduro fan Jeremy Corbyn is only set to continue along this path – if given the chance. The gracious introduction of the last Labour government is on purpose, it’s to hint that if it was bad then, imagine what happens when they (the public) let the Trotskyites out now.
Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities for the Conservative government has often stated his displeasure with the quality of university selection of both courses and students, and I believe as this impending crisis continues to emerge we’re set to see more of an about-face on such Labour policies regarding student numbers, course commercialisation and of course the subsequent ‘democratisation’ of campuses – by giving a bunch of jumped-up snowflakes at the Students Union a controlling share in other student’s day-to-day lives.
In 2015, HESA – the standards agency for higher education – released a report stating that 59% of university leavers found themselves in non-graduate jobs within the first 6 months of graduating. Labour’s policy today is to get 50% of young people through university, not too far from the quota set by the last Labour government of 40%. The problem with this is, whilst an educated population can never be seen as a bad thing, many people are simply not cut out to go to university.
As a victim myself of Labour’s comprehensive school system, it became apparent to most students during GCSE exams that the only viable path through the education system ends in a degree… Whether that be a BA in Sight-Seeing or BSc in Cable Management.
Bosses of big business in the UK recently reported a gigantic shortage of unskilled labour, especially after the Brexit vote. The UK doesn’t need a workforce of overqualified, lazy, snowflakes with a second rate degree ending in ‘studies’ to boast about on Facebook whilst they stack shelves at Tesco. The UK needs a healthily balanced population where supply meets demand, in response specifically to the demands of markets whether that be in primary, secondary, tertiary or quaternary industries. No, it’s not denying people an education, it’s saying those who can learn, will. Those that can’t, there are other opportunities for them too.
It should be a sad fact that young people can spend up to 4 years of their life studying for a degree that gets them 4 years behind their friends who left school to work in a technical apprenticeship, or just simply went to work. Not to mention the 2 years spent at college being force fed sat-nav qualifications with the sole purpose of shipping you off to a good uni, allowing the college to take all the credit.
Grade boundaries used to be set to ensure quality, now they are set to ensure quantity. Even if you don’t meet the entry requirements, many universities are happy to get you in despite that and once you’re in and you decide to be happy with just a third, well you’re practically sorted if you’re of average intelligence.
The content of courses has radically changed over the last few years, especially as identity politics and new concepts of social justice have been imported from America. Universities primarily look for commercial opportunities in every aspect of their existence and the ability for institutions to think up new and interesting degrees to capture new cultural trends is astonishing.
And as most of my generation has now graduated and is responsible in some part for the courses that universities now offer, I have noticed the astounding difference in course options between now and when I first applied 3 years ago (I took 2 years out to work in the real world).
I could talk about your average unemployable degree such as Geography, Criminology, History, Media Studies, Social Care or… Sport… But instead I decided it would be much more fun to try and explain why ‘Gender Studies’ is actually a course at my top tier, top 1%, Red Brick university.
Something I frequently ask some students at university during exam season.
Generally speaking, if you can be bothered to turn up, you’ll get a degree. University professors are more concerned about losing students through disengagement than they are about axing them for underperformance.
Compassionate passes and thirds are the new gold star for a ‘nice effort’ in today’s system. I mean, it’s not like you cost the university anything, £9k a year and your work takes 10 minutes to grade. Fantastic.
Gender studies is the very extension of this ‘bum’s on seats’ policy. Sure there are real degrees, and many students studying them will do well, especially at my university. However, that doesn’t draw away from the fact that there are other students on campus studying courses like ‘Culture Studies’.
These courses have entry requirements that might as well not exist, designed to attract the red Doc Martin wearing, blue haired, fat, trans, lesbian, LGBTQRSTUVflabammvvt activist in leggings and a crop top.
Universities might want to argue they’re trying to platform these poor women and male-feminists so that they might put their constant self-triggering to some better cause in the future, instead it just makes the rest of us look bad – when they inevitably contribute to (what should be) every student’s worse nightmare; dropping the university down the league tables on your year of graduation.
We made Trigglypuff famous.
On the subject of triggering. Ever since the Equality Act was passed in 2010 (an amalgamation of over 100 individual laws previously passed by Labour) it’s becoming more and more difficult to find a student who does not seem to enjoy telling the rest of the campus about a diagnosed mental disorder.
Exam scripts and essays are being increasingly marked with fantastically vague “reasonable adjustment” requests stamped on the coversheet. Students I speak to either have ADHD, Dyslexia, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, Anxiety etc, etc.
I once had to do a group presentation on my own because one student was hung over and missing and the other pleaded with me not to make them talk because they had “social anxiety”, I have my issues but I don’t expect a free pass because of it.
This, of course, isn’t something any academic is going to go on the record to say, but I find as courses get more vague, students get more illiterate, and the numbers of said students taking these courses increases, the definition of mental illness seems to widen. In fact, in one of my recent adventures on Twitter I was amazed to discover how many bios of students included pride flags with the words “proudly bipolar” or “actually autistic” in them.
I wish all bipolar people could be proud of the fact they have a mental condition that means they can’t hold the same emotion consistently for more than 5 seconds.
This breed of the special snowflake is on the dramatic increase term after term. Everyone fighting to have the most privilege points amongst their colleagues but having no clue about anything remotely important to their degree or employability afterward.
A student at Oxford is suing their school because they didn’t take her anxiety seriously enough. In the real world, no one gives a shit.
The Students’ Union is the biggest culprit for creating this culture of false hope and universal acceptance for pandering to feelings over facts. From banning clapping because it’s offensive to deaf people in favour of scissor fingers or whatever it’s called, to more dangerous acts of free speech violation such as no-platforming speakers and disinviting ‘controversial’ right wing figures from giving lectures.
Milo helps us to understand the appropriate way to behave at a NUS conference.
So when you go out and complain that you’re going to leave uni landed with £50,000 worth of debt, think about this simple idea as a way of pursuing the root cause of the problem… Cut students, not fees.
Fees will be cut when they’re not needed to pay for anything. If you don’t want to pay £9,000 a year (for many of you over £12,000 a year) then kick out those students bleeding your resources, tell your professors “no! You can’t mark your criminology papers until you’ve seen my law assignment!”
70% of graduates never pay off their loans for a reason, 59% don’t find graduate jobs. It’s probably because 100% of those people should have never gone to uni in the first place. It’s because degrees exist where apprenticeships will do; Hairdressing, Engineering, Business Management, Marketing.
The only people suffering for this catastrophic, socialist mismanagement are the people studying STEM subjects, the students who had to work hard to get in, and now have to pay astronomical fees to make up for the written off debt of that 70%.
The less debt student finance has to write off, the less you will pay in the first place as a population of students. You may think I’m straying away from the point of this article, and you’d be wrong. The current Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has strong views on social justice. To him, the current state of universities is a good thing and we should go further!
When people can no longer afford mortgages, and home ownership is a thing of the past (a socialists dream), when the country can no longer fill basic job roles without employing immigrants because of a stuck up population, this will greatly damage our place in the world as a country of free-market entrepreneurs and honest tradesman.
This crippling diversity which is drowning out real achievement and academic excellence is to be encouraged, according to Labour, and violently enforced by the group Momentum who are not averse to using bully tactics and physical violence to get their way (a bit like ANTIFA). They want volatile conformity, something out of 1984, where political correctness and trigger warnings are built into everyday life with almost Stasi like efficiency.
The icing on this shit-cake – recently back-peddled and debunked but none the less – is that Labour intends to wipe student’s tuition fees and make university 100% free! – Further evidence of their economic incompetence.
Ironically, Blair had to raise tuition fees to pay for this cultural devastation.
Under Blair, universities already took a gigantic cultural hit. It began when my comprehensive education was standardised – how dare my school be doing better than the local comprehensive whose catchment area resembled the Khyber Pass. Universities were normalised – everyone was told they could go no matter what qualification or prospects they had waiting for them on the other side, failure no longer meant failure and students were given second, third and forth chances instead of being told perhaps they are just bad at it.
Labour has a habit of corrupting and desecrating elite institutions. Labour’s policy has already opened the gates for commercially opportunistic institutions to make a lot of money off of bogus courses, they have already created a culture of entitlement by suggesting a 1st in Golf Management is anywhere near on par with that of a Politics student, and until now the current government has accepted it.
If Labour get in again, we’re looking at something much, much worse. With university overrun by snowflakes and social justice warriors as it is, our government is set to perpetuate it both in the form of a Conservative or any future Labour minister.
Blair might have locked up the class-baiting Trotskyites and pursued a much less radical agenda, but they’re out of the closet now, and we’re about to let them do it again if we don’t take action.
Reduce the numbers of students down to supply and demand levels. Transfer vocational and technical courses to vocational colleges. And… Make sure that those on Gender Studies courses have their degrees cancelled and their student loans refunded.