Ha. Hilarious, and so true.
... And the BAFTA for Best performance in a VLog by a Religious Person goes to...! ;-DSeriously- that selection of student opinion was biased! I'm sure there are many types scampering around campus, furiously planning and plotting their future in student politics, then graduate management, maybe even national politics, with all the fevered fervour of the dangerously insulated... those who actually work for power are the last ones who should be given it.Oh, dear, cynicism is catching.I have a sort-of explanation: I've watched SUSU elections since 2000, voted in most of them.But I see that while a year is enough time to bugger things up, it is no real time to make things change: the rebuild took agreement (or, at least, no active blocking) from about 4 or 5 generations of Sabs.I just don't have faith that they will make successful change; the Union tends to run on momentum, guided by the grown-up staff members offering 'advice' to the Sabs to stop it from going utterly arse over tit.It's bigger than the Sabs, yet so vulnerable to their quirks and tantrums.Frankly, I found the whole thing so hot-house and over-intense for all the wrong reasons (one-up-man-ship, placing a smack-down on others, improving one's CV- what about improving the Union? Hah!) And so far too insular and nepotistic, that I got sick of it all about 2 years ago. Being a departmental head 2001-2002.5 (I was head a tad longer than the usual year) was more than enough for me.I don’t think my right to vote in a wider sense (something I do believe in, and I ‘religiously’ vote in local and national elections- I am well aware the debt I, as a woman, owe to my ancestresses) is threatened, nor my belief the system can kind-of work in a broader sense by my choice not to vote in Union elections.
This is why you should vote for a real candidate for change. Vote Cthulhu, never settle for a lesser evil!On a slightly more serious note, cynicism perhaps justified. But Jesus pogo-hopping Christ, if you want something changed do something about it! I.E. Campaign, do stuff, etc. I've found the union surprisingly personable if talked to rather than whined about. That said, try to out talk the spammers on the concourse, its surprisingly easy.
I hear you Hugo.The problem is, I have no stomach to campaign or run for office. Seriously, I come out in vomiting and bad headaches.I do, however, engage with them in debate, offer suggestions and vote on other occasions: I just do not believe that in this case the face of the Sab offices does not matter so much as the learning they do while in office: learning which I, a s along-term student/ Union officer/ general busy-body Old Fart (TM) can help to steer by being there, talking with them and making suggestions through various forums.Oh, once elections are over, I’ll be bugging them in the nicest ways- but the mechanic of *whom* gets in to the Student Union does not, in the wider context, matter as much, say, as what is done in there, or, broader still, who runs the country.
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