A bit of a drive-by posting, but I've finally removed my head from the sandpit that is theatre and looked around to see woe blossoming elsewhere. I suppose it might be heartening to think that not only is my own personal empire being screwed over by the current status quo but that we are all in it together*.
So, I am worried. I'm worried about the lack of support for AV, and the frankly terrifying posters that are going up around Wandsworth, funded by the wrong-headed No to AV campaign who seem to be fielding a "don't use this system because Fiji uses it" by-line that doesn't actually make much sense to me, but who knows, maybe Fiji is some sort of by-word for "awful"? Rather than exotic and pleasing to say (go on, say it feee geee). It's something to do with popularity - as if voting systems should be decided on the basis of how many people invite them to their parties.
Crass but entertaining explaination of why AV is a good idea is here.
I'm also worried about tuition fees. Not for me. I'm all educated-up, but you know, I'm trying to move away from my parochial arts-based worries and extend my concern to other areas. Like the future. Where I hope to live one day. And I hope contains people like doctors, teachers and even (fuck it) arts managers. Who all need further education, really. And it would be nice if they could be people who wanted to do it, and who enjoyed doing it rather than simply people who could afford to.
This worry was compounded by the frankly incredulous news that the government is surprised that universities are charging the full amount. Really? Really? At the same time as central funding is cut and we know that there really wasn't enough to start with, it's surprising that universities are going for extra cash?
This notion of "surprise", possibly encouraged by the idea that such a system might be "empowering" for students** leads me to believe that there is a lack of higher education (or perhaps a dictionary) within the current regime. Which whilst leading me to keep quoting famous utterances of linguistic disbelief is very worrying.
Though it would explain a lot.
* It's not. Really.
**SHUT UP WILLETS!
- Things that are concerning me