While Ottawa discusses the musical "talent" of the boss man (a talent which will undoubtedly register as a push into majority territory in next week's polls), protesters in another capital clashed with police, causing several injuries on both sides, and actually getting a couple kicks at a car carrying Prince Charles.
The LSE campus is buzzing with a new student protest movement. Pictures from The LSE's hayday marches down Fleet Street are plastered around campus. The Student Union is bubbling with excitement, I get a couple e-mails and facebook messages a day telling me about the next sit-in or march. I'd be surprised if this, the most serious confrontation yet, fizzles out. Even though the Conservatives managed to keep enough members in line today (not without a few surprising dissenters) , the student leadership seems to have a bit of momentum. Right now it's a matter of watching and waiting to see how hard authorities come down on them.
That aside, there's something positive to take from this. I'm not particularly interested in this battle. I think the education reforms are quite reasonable here, especially at my school. But it is good to see some life from students. Outside of Quebec, Canada's universities are depressingly lacking any serious student debate, and students certainly don't exert any influence outside their campuses. Canada's horrible apathy is as evident at our institutions of higher learning as everywhere else in the Great White North. Today in London, however, we witnessed students take a real stand and have a serious impact on politics, if not policy.
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