Student politics warning: If you don’t like it don’t read it!
As I wrote last week the Guild has its five day long referndum to apparently save itself tomorrow. I wrote what I thought to be quite an even sided post last week on the issue.
Well I have just about lost my patience with the Guild over the last week, and its going to get a full throttling now, I am sure they don’t want this to happen on the eve of the chance to save The Guild, but quite frankly I and the committee don’t care, if it gets in the way.
As you can see on our future events section, we are holding a YBF event in Birmingham in three weeks time. It was three weeks ago when this was agreed so I decided to get the ball rolling with the Guild.
I was told I needed to book a room and get clearance from the Guild, fine that seems fair enough. However this is where the problems started, I sent an email to the person it concerned, she replied the following day saying she would get back to me.
A week went by: heard nothing. Decided I would see her myself, she said she hadn’t had chance to email the Vice President’s, so I asked politely if she could do it then. Not overly happy but she got on with it.
Another 10 days has gone by and I am yet to get any kind of clearance or any indication of whether there is a problem, or whether this can happen.
What really gets to me about this entire episode, is that only last week, I went directly to reception to ask about room bookings! AND ITS ALL FULL ANYWAY!!!
This situation could have been dealt with 3weeks ago there and then, instead I have had to chase and harry and waste my and their time, when all they needed to do is check one thing!
Is it any wonder, why the Guild has such a staggeringly low reputation amongst its actual students, less than 7% of people bother to vote in the annual elections! It keeps going on and on at the students about how we should save it?
It isn’t a case of saving it anyway its a case of changing the constitution, it massively bungled trying to explain that, there are now 6 groups supposedly explaining the referendum, the students don’t care it doesn’t effect them, as someone who tries to organise things I have get blockades put in my way, or just seemingly ignored.
I really did not want to have such a go at the Guild, but I fear it may be the only way things get things done.
For any Guild Councillors, Independent Chairs or whoever reading this, you might be interested to know, that 300 people read this blog a day, they are largely made up of University of Birmingham students.