Student Protest is a Very Damp Squib

“Thousands expected in national student protest,” report the Telegraph on today’s demonstration of lecture-dodging anti-austerity students in Westminster. “Thousands expected for march,” say the Standard. The Guardian even have a live blog: “Thousands protest against plans to scrap student grants”, claiming “Thousands of young people gather in London”. There are a lot of police wandering around SW1 with not very much to do today – how many protesters actually turned up?

A police source tells Guido the Met and Transport for London have a working estimate of the numbers determined by the crowd as seen from a police helicopter, the most reliable measure of protest size. Their figure? A measly 1,000. Seems students actively oppose austerity in inverse proportion to the amount of rain…

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