The NUS’s ‘Grants Not Loans’ rally: In the words of Channel 4’s Jon Snow, a “return to the days of political activism” for the nation’s student population. Or was it?
How many of the thousands of students who attended the march really gave a toss about free access to education? Fifty? Sixty? They were easy enough to spot: they were the ones with the megaphones and the ‘NUS Marshall’ t-shirts. And what about the other 15,840 – the ones who were just there for the craic, the chance to be on TV and the vain hope that they might not have to pay back their student loan? They were easy to spot too: they were the ones with the Diesel jeans, Ericsson T39s and nothing better to do.