VIDEOS: Grad Tax and Free Fees Campaigns Duel on YouTube

The graduate tax and free fees campaigns take to YouTube to make their points

As the second day of voting in USI’s funding preferendum goes on, the battle lines have been drawn between those advocating the retention of the free fees policy and those in favour of a new approach to the funding issue. The latter have generally declared themselves in favour of a graduate tax, with some (including TCDSU President Ryan Bartlett) in favour of a student loan scheme. Below are videos that were posted to YouTube today by both groups. The free fees video plays on the traditional view of a union as a protesting organisation whereas the graduate tax video portrays the student activists as lobbyists and political players. Whether the characterisation of the student movement in either video is deliberate or not, the viewer is left in no doubt as to the viewpoint of their makers.

The Grad Tax Video

The Free Fees Video

  • Declan Meenagh

    The Exchequer funded side, actual footage from USI’s march, lays out the facts clearly and honestly,
    The Grad Tax side pretend to be Obama, don’t mention that Grad tax will act as in incentive for people to leave the country,

  • D

    Perhaps, but the Exchecquer funded side forgot to mention the tiny little fact that our country simply cannot afford to pay for thousands of students to go to college every year.