Samuel Beckett in 'Waiting for Godot' offered sound advice with, “Let us not waste our time in idle discourse! Let us do something, while we have the chance! It is not every day that we are needed….To all mankind they were addressed, those cries for help still ringing in our ears! But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late!”
The last word this week.
Mountainous social barriers, discrimination, inadequate schools and poverty all come together to hold back so many of our talented young people. These must be addressed together if the outrageous social mobility imbalance in UK society is to be addressed. Tepid ministerial utterances about fees not deterring students seem to be aimed at only those in the majority with family backing and finances. The comments look weak and limp in the face of the experiences of the rest. Maybe the time is coming when they really have had enough.
Mike Larkin, retired from Queen's University Belfast after 37 years teaching Microbiology, Biochemistry and Genetics.