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Saturday 29 November 2014

Editor's Viewpoint: Tuition fee riots drown out debate

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Student protesters clash with police as they enter Millbank Tower home of Conservative Party headquaters on November 10, 2010 in London, England. Student groups are protesting against the government's proposed funding cuts to education and an increase in tuition fees. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Student protesters smash windows as they clash with police after entering Millbank Tower home of Conservative Party headquaters on November 10, 2010 in London, England. Student groups are protesting against the government's proposed funding cuts to education and an increase in tuition fees. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A student protester holding a can of lager raises his fist during clashes with police as they attempt to enter Millbank Tower home of Conservative Party headquaters on November 10, 2010 in London, England. Student groups are protesting against the government's proposed funding cuts to education and an increase in tuition fees. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Police take student protesters away in vans outside the beseiged Millbank Tower home of the Conservative Party headquarters on November 10, 2010 in London, England. Student groups are protesting against the government's proposed funding cuts to education and an increase in tuition fees (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A student protester with a cut hand reacts after throwing a chair through a window during clashes with police as they attempt to enter Millbank Tower home of Conservative Party headquaters on November 10, 2010 in London, England. Student groups are protesting against the government's proposed funding cuts to education and an increase in tuition fees. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 10/11/10: Protesters and riot police inside the Conservative Party offices at Millbank Tower after today's National Union of Students march
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 10/11/10: Protesters entering the Conservative Party offices at Millbank Tower after today's National Union of Students march
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 10/11/10: Broken windows at the Conservative Party offices at Millbank Tower after today's National Union of Students match
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 10/11/10: Protesters on the roof of the Conservative Party offices at Millbank Tower after today's National Union of Students match
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 10/11/10: Protesters burn placards outside the Conservative Party offices at Millbank Tower after today's National Union of Students march
Police remove a demonstrator from outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, London, after students and teachers gathered to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire
Police at the scene outside the wrecked front of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, London, after students and teachers gathered to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire
Police enter the wrecked front of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, London, after students and teachers gathered to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire
A police dog is carried over broken glass outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, London, after students and teachers gathered to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire
Police at the scene outside the wrecked front of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, London, after students and teachers gathered to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire
Demonstrators on the roof of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Clive Gee/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Student protesters wave from the roof of Millbank home of Conservative Party headquaters on November 10, 2010 in London, England. Student groups are protesting against the government's proposed funding cuts to education and an increase in tuition fees. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Student protesters smash windows as they clash with police after entering Millbank Tower home of Conservative Party headquaters on November 10, 2010 in London, England. Student groups are protesting against the government's proposed funding cuts to education and an increase in tuition fees. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)*** BESTPIX ***
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Student protesters smash windows as they clash with police after entering Millbank Tower home of Conservative Party headquaters on November 10, 2010 in London, England. Student groups are protesting against the government's proposed funding cuts to education and an increase in tuition fees. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Students burn placards as they besiege Millbank Tower home of the Conservative Party headquaters on November 10, 2010 in London, England. Student groups are protesting against the government's proposed funding cuts to education and an increase in tuition fees. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: An injured police officer looks through a smashed window during clashes with student protesters as attempt to enter Millbank Tower home of Conservative Party headquaters on November 10, 2010 in London, England. Student groups are protesting against the government's proposed funding cuts to education and an increase in tuition fees. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Riot police stand guard inside the wrecked entrance to Millbank Tower home of the Conservative Party headquaters on November 10, 2010 in London, England. Student groups are protesting against the government's proposed funding cuts to education and an increase in tuition fees. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Student protesters smash windows as they clash with police after entering Millbank Tower home of Conservative Party headquaters on November 10, 2010 in London, England. Student groups are protesting against the government's proposed funding cuts to education and an increase in tuition fees. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Police watch demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Police outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London, as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Demonstrators at Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London, as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Demonstrators at Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London, as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Demonstrators at Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London, as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Demonstrators at Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London, as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Demonstrators at Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London, as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Demonstrators at Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London, as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Demonstrators at Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London, as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Demonstrators at Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London, as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
An injured police officer faces demonstrators at Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London, as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Demonstrators at Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London, as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Police officers at Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London, as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Demonstrators at Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London, as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
A couple protest outside the wrecked front of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, London, after students and teachers gathered to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire
Police at the scene outside the wrecked front of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, London, after students and teachers gathered to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire
Police at the scene outside the wrecked front of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, London, after students and teachers gathered to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Max Nash/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Max Nash/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Max Nash/PA Wire
Demonstrators on the roof of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Clive Gee/PA Wire
Demonstrators on the roof of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Clive Gee/PA Wire
Demonstrators on the roof of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Clive Gee/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Clive Gee/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Clive Gee/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Clive Gee/PA Wire
A demonstrator is led away by police outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Max Nash/PA Wire
A demonstrator is led away by police outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Max Nash/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Demonstrators insside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Demonstrators inside the lobby of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside the smashed windows of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Police outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Clive Gee/PA Wire
Riot police outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Clive Gee/PA Wire
Riot police outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Clive Gee/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Clive Gee/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Clive Gee/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Clive Gee/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Clive Gee/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Demonstrators inside the lobby of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
A demonstrator kicks the windows of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Demonstrators at Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London, as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Demonstrators smash the windows of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Demonstrators smash the windows of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Demonstrators smash the windows of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Injured police officers are led away as students and teachers protest outside Millbank Tower inj central London, against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA
Demonstrators outside the smashed windows of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside the smashed windows of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Demonstrators smash the windows of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Demonstrators inside the lobby of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Demonstrators outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Demonstrators burn protest banners outside Millbank Tower, housing the headquarters of the Conservative Party, during a protest in London Wednesday Nov. 10, 2010, against an increase in university tuition fees. Organizers said 50,000 students, lecturers and supporters were demonstrating against plans to raise the cost of studying at a university to 9,000 pounds ($14,000) a year - three times the current rate.(AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Police try and contain protesters outside the entrance to Millbank Tower, housing the headquarters of the Conservative Party, during a protest in London, Wednesday Nov. 10, 2010, against an increase in university tuition fees. Organizers said 50,000 students, lecturers and supporters were demonstrating against plans to raise the cost of studying at a university to 9,000 pounds ($14,000) a year - three times the current rate. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Demonstrators burn protest banners outside Millbank Tower, housing the headquarters of the Conservative Party, during a protest in London Wednesday Nov. 10, 2010, against an increase in university tuition fees. Organizers said 50,000 students, lecturers and supporters were demonstrating against plans to raise the cost of studying at a university to 9,000 pounds ($14,000) a year - three times the current rate.(AP Photo/Sang Tan)
**CORRECTS PHOTOGRAPHER & SOURCE** A demonstrator attacks the windows of Millbank Tower, housing the headquarters of the Conservative Party, during a protest in London Wednesday Nov. 10, 2010, against an increase in university tuition fees. Organizers said 50,000 students, lecturers and supporters were demonstrating against plans to raise the cost of studying at a university to 9,000 pounds ($14,000) a year - three times the current rate.(AP Photo/Sang Tan)
An injured police officer wears a temporary bandage, as officers attempt to stop demonstrators storming the entrance to Millbank Tower, housing the headquarters of the Conservative Party, during a protest in London Wednesday Nov. 10, 2010, against an increase in university tuition fees. Organizers said 50,000 students, lecturers and supporters were demonstrating against plans to raise the cost of studying at a university to 9,000 pounds ($14,000) a year - three times the current rate.(AP Photo/Sang Tan)
A demonstrator attempts to escape the confrontation between protestors and police, outside the entrance to Millbank Tower, housing the headquarters of the Conservative Party, during a protest in London, Wednesday Nov. 10, 2010, against an increase in university tuition fees. Organizers said 50,000 students, lecturers and supporters were demonstrating against plans to raise the cost of studying at a university to 9,000 pounds ($14,000) a year - three times the current rate.(AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Student protestors burn banners outside Millbank, the headquarters of Britain's ruling Conservative Party during a protest in London, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. Tens of thousands of students marched through London on Wednesday against plans to triple university tuition fees, and violence erupted as a minority battled police and trashed a building containing the headquarters of the governing Conservative Party. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
**CORRECTS PHOTOGRAPHER & SOURCE** A demonstrator attacks the windows of Millbank Tower, housing the headquarters of the Conservative Party, during a protest in London Wednesday Nov. 10, 2010, against an increase in university tuition fees. Organizers said 50,000 students, lecturers and supporters were demonstrating against plans to raise the cost of studying at a university to 9,000 pounds ($14,000) a year - three times the current rate.(AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Demonstrators at Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London, as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Demonstrators inside the lobby of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
A demonstrator kicks the windows of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
A couple protest outside the wrecked front of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, London, after students and teachers gathered to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire
A demonstrator is led away by police outside Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 10, 2010. See PA story EDUCATION Fees. Photo credit should read: Max Nash/PA Wire
A demonstrator smashes the windows of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012.
A demonstrator kicks the windows of Millbank Tower, in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012.
Students burn placards as they besiege Millbank Tower, home of Conservative Party headquaters on November 10, 2010 in London, England. Student groups are protesting against the government's proposed funding cuts to education and an increase in tuition fees.
Demonstrators enter Millbank Tower in Westminster, central London as students and teachers gathered in central London to protest against university funding cuts and Government plans to charge up to £9,000 per year in fees from 2012

At least the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, had the good grace to immediately admit that his force mishandled yesterday's protest demonstration in London against the trebling of tuition fees and the cut in university funding.

He was not exaggerating when he said that the police response was inadequate and embarrassing.

It almost beggars belief that police were unprepared for serious violence, given the repeated infiltration of demonstrations by anarchist elements intent on hijacking legitimate protest to carry out acts of wanton violence. Some of the violence seen on the streets of London yesterday was murderous in intent with officers narrowly missing serious injury or death.

Given that the protests were directed against government policy, it is also baffling that police did not anticipate that rioters would target the Conservative and Liberal Democrat headquarters, gaining entry into the former and having to be driven from the doors of the latter. The inevitable inquest into the police response will have many searching questions to put to the force's commanders.

While most of the 40-50,000 protestors took part in a peaceful demonstration, the actions of the minority, who unfortunately included many students, means that legitimate complaints about education policy have now been drowned out by the protests at the violence. Indeed, some people will argue that the young people involved in violence are not a good advertisement for further education and their objections to government policy don't deserve an audience.

If tuition fees are raised substantially, then many families will face punitive sacrifices to enable their children to gain a third-level education. The reduction in university funding could lead to some institutions going to the wall and third-level education again becoming an elitist gift rather than a universal right. But after yesterday, will anyone be listening?

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