WARNING: STUDENT POLITICS POST:
if you don’t like it don’t read it!
There has been a lot of information flying around on facebook this week, about a so called referendum that the Guild is holding in a couple of weeks. It’s tagline is ‘SAVE THE GUILD’.
I have read a lot of the information on the various groups and have found it all rather confusing. Apparently Guild members want to change the constitution to apply with more regulations under the government and help us become a charity.
However, I think it is really poorly explained, partly due to the fact it seems to be rushed through so quickly, which I believe leads to many questions about what Guild members are trying to do. They have set the deadline, and only given themselves two weeks for a debate to be held. This strikes me as rather worrying and leads to more questions being asked than it does answered.
Furthermore, I think the Guild have got to be careful with how they conduct this vote, the second tagline on the flyers is ‘What would your university life be like without the Guild’?
Having to spoke to numerous people outside of the sphere of student politics, they seem very unaware of what the Guild does for them, however, they have been invited to these facebook groups. They seem to have subconsciously turned it into a referendum of, ‘Does the make my life at University any different?’ The resounding answer to this from them is, it doesn’t do anything, and is full of wannabe politicos.
Let me make it clear now, I believe the majority of people in the Guild are in it for the right reasons, just like the majority of politicians. I have on occasions had difficulties with the Guild, they seem to put more obstacles in the way. A simple event that you want to organise turns out to be a incredibly tiring affair. However, a Guild run by the students I believe is by far and away is the best thing.
A simple yesvote I believe is the correct thing to allow our Guild to function at its best. However, I think they have to be clear about what this referendum is about, many students seem to count the Guild as an irrelevance, with I think less than a 15% turnout in the annual elections. This in turn could result this becoming a referendum on the nature and purpose of the Guild rather than on what apparently is a relatively simple vote.
The Guild are in massive danger of ‘hyperboling’ this, probably because they require 10% of the students to vote for it to count.
I am sure Guild members will be keen to explain in the comments what it is really about, and will say I am not helping at all! However, I would regard myself as being too involved with students politics, I would say I have a passing interest and these are just my observations which I have discussions with friends of mine, who have no interest but seem to hold similar views.
In Iain Dale’s words: *Battens down hatches!!*