Forget Paris 1968 and the Kent State anti-Vietnam war protests. The face of student protest in 2009 involves web tools and a heavy dose of irony.
Incensed by the threat of higher student tuition fees while MPs claim absurd expenses on the public purse, two Leeds Met PR students have created a digital letter to David ‘Wonka’ Cameron.
“I am sick of hearing about millionaire politicians abusing the system,” said Adam Burns who created the stunt with Clare Callery.
“If David Cameron was so intent on feeding his interns then why did he not foot the bill? And in my experience having to pay for your own lunch is part and parcel of being an intern. I have got friends who simply could not afford to go to university and it saddens me that a multi millionaire like Cameron is wasting valuable taxpayers money.”
What will Eton- and Oxford-educated David Cameron – a former PR manager – make of the letter sent by Burns and Callery? He may be impressed by their creativity, design and campaigning skills – but he won’t be by the many typos in their letter reproduced below.
Now, remind me. Who teaches them writing? And which university has the lowest fees in the country?
Dear Mr. David “Wonka” Cameron
I was not as fortunate as Charlie Bucket to find a Golden Ticket to pay for my university fees. Instead my education will probably set me back around £18,000 for my 3 year course. So, it comes as no surprise that the recent news of your chocolate purchased on tax payers money, may not be music to the ears of the thousands of UK students building up a mountain of debt. Especially when earlier this year it was revealed that the Conservatives are in support of student fees rising. In fact a BBC article said fees may hit £7,000 a year.
So lets revise the earlier estimate of £18,000 and call it £33,000. Of course Im sure you can already see the problem. For those students who say want to become doctors, thats £55,000 for their studies and living expenses. How many A-level students do you think are really prepared to take on that much debt? This really only leaves those who have the financial backing and went to the likes of Eton for their £20,000 a year education.
I appreciate that money to subsidise fees needs to come from somewhere. Which may mean cuts need to be made elsewhere in the system. I propose your chocolate fund is the first place to start. Thats why we have enclosed a rather large amount of your favorite chocolate. So next time you feel the need to treat yourself or your workers/interns, instead of dipping into the taxpayers funds, why not just dip into our chocolate? It might have cost us money today, but hopefully it will save us more in the long run.
Adam Burns & Clare Callery