The Daily Telegraph has reported that the son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, Charlie Gilmour, was involved in the student demonstrations and photographed climbing on The Cenotaph. The Cenotaph climbing doesn’t worry me too much, it’s a great tribute to many brave people who sacrificed their lives for others and deserves respect but young people will always disrespect symbols of this sort and there was no serious damage done.
What I do note is that David Gilmour is a very rich man and presumably his son is not short of a bob or two. I expect that Charlie does not need a student loan so must be driven by wanting to help the less wealthy. A noble sentiment.
But hold on a second. We have a rich young man with a fervent desire to help the less fortunate. So what does he do? He desecrates a symbol to the dead in an effort to get everyone else to pay for students.
It seems to me that this is a fault in the British character. No matter how well off, people who want to help others never dig in their own pockets or dirty their own hands actually contributing funds or helping themselves. Instead they start campaigns for everyone else pay.
If Charlie Gilmour really wants to help poor students I suggest he talk to his dad.