The national press have recently been obsessing with the election of Louis Trup to the presidency of Oxford University's student union. Trup is far from being a joke. Sure he's a hilarious guy. After all, writing a manifesto - sorry I meant 'personifesto' - completely in crayon was absolute genius. We cannot deny that LJ Trup is good fun - but he's no joke.
For months, the debate over universities' decisions to ban Blurred Lines has remained heated. The obvious reason for the ban is that the song is rife with sexism and casual support of rape culture. There is no doubt that the song is sexist. Robin Thicke himself does not deny that it demeans women...
We're not interested in winding back the clock. We don't see the world as an epic struggle between capital and labour. And we don't have all the answers. Yet. What we do see is people being disempowered. And not just by the government. What marks out the political discourse of my generation is that we have organised against any power which negatively impacts our lives.
It is Blurred Lines' connotations with misogyny and sexual violence that have prompted the university boycotts. Social media is now rife with shouts of "censorship is not the solution" and "it's just a song" but I for one would absolutely support my university in banning it, and strongly urge them to do so.
The Union of UEA Students, led by four full-time officers elected from the student body, provide many of the services that make the UEA student experience so great- club nights, sports teams, student media including a newspaper, radio station and television studio to name just a few. Unsurprisingly, these services cost an awful lot of money to run- and the pot is running out.
Look at our student unions today, and you'll see them morphing into propaganda tools for careerists and figures like Sneade, riddled with internal manoeuvring and corruption, British far left colluding with Islamist far right to censor and suppress. If they want our trust, it should take more than vaudevillian speechmaking and e-voting codes.
The University of Chester Debating Society attempted to host an event with the MP for Bradford West, George Galloway. As an elected official, the society thought that his contribution to a debate on immigration would be valued (probably controversial) and contestable - as is the nature of a debate. However, due to the National Union of Students' (NUS) 'No Platform' policy, his appearance was barred.
With the ever-present network of social media sites used widely by students, along with nominees who know to capitalise on the purchasing power of offering free anything as part of their manifesto, many students are becoming disillusioned with union elections as being nothing more than a popularity contest for better known students.