Monday, 19 September 2011

Are Some Student Unions Bigoted?

Having never belonged to any Students Union - probably because cheap beer didn't interest me when I was a lassie - the only knowledge I have of these organisations is that gleaned from those who were attracted by late opening hours and cheap beer.  They were often described as their own night clubs and back in the 60s some did hold memorable events.  I still have a couple of glasses which hold nothing but fond recollections these days.

Alex Singleton has accused the student unions of Birmingham, University College London and Exeter universities of bigotry.  I agree with him.

These universities have all refused applications from UKIP's youth wing (Young Independence) who wanted to pay for a stall t their freshers' fairs. Mr Singleton has been 'told other parties will be allowed to exhibit' and told UKIP's youth wing that they can't take part because they count as a commercial organisation, as they haven't yet affiliated student societies within these universities.

How do political parties acquire official status?  By attending fresher fairs and recruiting members.

UKIP MEP (pictured above) isn't happy. "By banning UKIP from Freshers Fairs they merely make Youth Independence more attractive.

"So thank you Birmingham student union for your intolerance, cheers Exeter for your pettifogging ways and I raise a glass to UCL for highlighting how low grade and fearful you are. YI will go from strength to strength on the back of this pig-headed foolishness."Mr Singleton received this feeble explanation from Birmingham university:

Birmingham University told me that they won't allow Young Independence to have a stand because it is not run by Birmingham students. But when I asked if a YI member who is an undergraduate at the university could book one, I was told that this, too, would not be possible, as a YI society has not been approved by the union.

Is equality only available to the Tory, Labour and LibDem parties these days?  I believe every legally registered political party should be able to have access to our youth.  What are these universities feart of?

They are establishments which provide education.  They are businesses which hold charity status.  Behaving in this manner will attract many more people, both young and old, to the UKIP cause than allowing UKIP to pay for their stall and exert their best sales tactics.

Note: I am not a UKIP supporter.



J. R. Tomlin said...

Sorry to post OT but your previous post reminded me of this. (It has to do with university fees and you mentioned universities, so maybe it's a LITTLE on topic ;) )

It's always amusing to watch Danny Alexander squirm.

Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...

Rosie I think bigot is being far too gentle.

From what I have seen most student unions are one of the main breeding and training grounds of our political classes - particularly those politicos that define themselves as "left wing".

A standard tactic for avoiding debate is to label a participant in a debate with the bete du jour tag - usually racist, but other "ists" are possible. Name calling substitutes for debate.

Student Unions seem to attract odious manipulative gits who it has to be said raid their expenses in a way that would embarrass an MP...

RMcGeddon said...

There's a cosy relationship between the EU and our universities so the universities will try and steer students towards left wing groups who believe in the EU.
UK taxpayers funded 62,000 students from the EU to study in the UK last year. Research grants and a myriad of other EU funds would be put in jeopardy if universities were seen to be supporting UKIP.

Conan the Librarian™ said...

Ah. I remember Teviot Row when there were guys with top hats on the door.

Must have been the Young Conservatives...

subrosa said...

Many thanks for the link Jeanne. Yes it is. For a person who has been employed in PR much of his working life, he hasn't achieved good skills and his continual talking over another is irritating.

subrosa said...

I read man years ago Gordon that many of the senior labour party honed their 'skills' in SUs.

I don't know of any of my close friends who were ever members.

subrosa said...

That is most interesting RM. It's the answer to my question. Many thanks.

subrosa said...

I thought all Edinburgh bouncers wore top hats Conan. :)

RMcGeddon said...

There's a bottomless pit of grants from the EU to universities SR.
A professor Dick from Wagi Uni in the Netherlands is getting £2.65m to think up ways to encourage us to eat more spiders and cockroaches...

subrosa said...

I hardly dare read your link RM but I did. Although I shouldn't be, I was surprised by the amount of EU grants available to universities after I did a wee search.

Time we were out of the EU and universities stood on their excellence rather than taxpayers' money.

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