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Day of action on Monday

This Monday 21st June has been declared a day of action for education by a coalition of education unions, with protests organized at colleges and universities across the country.  A full list of these protests is available at

In London there are a number of rallies and protests, mostly at around noon, but some in particular deserve support.

At University of the Arts, UCU members will be on strike on the day with picket lines at 272 High Holborn, Central St Martins, Chelsea School of Art and Design and London College of Communications as well as a rally at 12.30pm at Chelsea College of Art.  At Westminster University where UCU members face up to 50 percent pay docking for taking action short of a strike over job losses there is a rally at 12pm at the Regent Street site (309 Regent Street).

3pm, London South Bank University

At LSBU where management are breaking from national bargaining, the joint trade union action group has called a protest at 3pm and is asking other colleges and universities to join them.  Many universities and colleges holding rallies at 12noon or 1pm, and should aim to send support to South Bank afterwards.  Student campaign groups from Middlesex University and King’s College London will be coming, and we call on students and education workers from across London to join them.

Education Activist Network National Autumn Conference

31st December – save the date

In the new academic year we will be holding a conference to build our resistance to David Willetts’ cuts and “reforms”.  After the success of our February teach-in we have high hopes.  More details of speakers and participants will follow soon, but activists should save the date and aim to win support from their union branch or campaign group.

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David Cameron


Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Location: Housmans Bookshop
Street: 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross
Town/City: London, United Kingdom

Richard Seymour, blogger of ‘Lenin’s Tomb’ fame, and author of ‘The Liberal Defence of Murder’ will be in store discussing his latest publication, ‘The Meaning of David Cameron’.

The Tories are posing as a ‘progressive’ and ‘radical’ alternative to New Labour. Drawing from George W Bush’s ‘compassionate conservatism’, they maintain that the ‘Big Society’ can do what ‘Big Government’ cannot – produce a cohesive, mutually supportive, happy society. Cameron’s court intellectual, Philip Blond, maintains that this if David Cameron’, which is a viable alternative to the failures of the egalitarian left and the excessively pro-market right. But is this more than campaign mood music? And are the conservative traditions that they draw on – from the bucolic, pseudo-medievalism of G K Chesterton to the anti-statism of Friedrich Hayek – really a bulwark of progress and radicalism?

Richard Seymour argues that such ideas can only seem ‘progressive’ in light of New Labour’s acquiescence to Thatcherism. To understand the Cameronites, it is necessary to understand how the social landscape and corresponding political language was transformed by the collapse of post-war social democracy and its more radical competitors. To resist the Cameronites, he argues, it is necessary to attack the neoliberal consensus on which all major parties found their programme.

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