It was Henry Kissinger who wrote “The reason why student politics is so nasty is because so little is at stake” and this has been more than clearly highlighted in our recent student elections. At present as I’m sure we’ve mentioned on the blog before, our Guild (student union) is currently going through it’s executive elections and this has been one of the nastiest elections the University has ever seen. Candidates banners have been repeatedly ripped down, posters have been defaced and bitterness has ensued throughout, but the culmination was over the past week, when some of the actual candidates were being harrassed by other campaign teams (including a brick being thrown through someones front window). The harrassment got to such an extreme level that the Police have had to become involved (and due to the seriousness we will not be publishing any names as of yet).
It is so pathetic that some people take such campaigns so seriously that they sink to the levels of common criminals, the point of any election is to provide, us the voters with a fair choice and this only works if the candidates actually treat each other with the respect and decency that they deserve. This campaign however went far far beyond the pettyness of negative campaigning, I am personally disgusted at the level that this election sunk to especially considering how ineffective our Guild has been at doing anything for students. I genuinely cannot perceive how someone could sink to such levels for such little gains.
I am very glad to acknowledge however that those responsible for such actions are in the process of being severely disciplined, including being disqualified from the election and potentially barred from our student union.
More details will be available in tomorrow’s Redbrick