I decided to run for President, because I didn’t think that anybody else was good enough for the job. Warwick SU has ceased to be a body to be taken seriously. Protesting by blocking busses is the action of those who are not skilled enough negotiators to maturely represent students and work with the university management to bring about effective change for students.
The rallying cry of ‘Make Warwick SU Great Again’ so resonated with students because the vast majority agree that ‘Warwick SU is a bit rubbish’. Students are so badly engaged by the SU that under 25% even bothered to turn out to vote while the eventual winner, Mr Pilot, received under 10% of votes from all students in the first round. Hardly representing ‘all students’.
That my so-called ‘joke’ campaign received almost a third of all votes demonstrates that many people yearn for something new. This could be one of a few things. Perhaps people want a President who doesn’t take themselves, or the SU, so seriously.
That my so-called ‘joke’ campaign received almost a third of all votes demonstrates that many people yearn for something new
Perhaps they want a President who only talks about bringing down capitalism as a joke. Or perhaps they simply want a President who recognises that the SU should focus on delivering value and quality services rather than as a vehicle for petty politics.
Ultimately I am proud of what we achieved with this campaign. Despite of (or maybe because of) my total lack of cardboard signs, many saw me as the best, the funniest and the most serious candidate. My campaign was above politics and the team was made up exclusively of people who had barely set foot in SUHQ, let along been involved with it.
Ultimately I am proud of what we achieved with this campaign
I’d like to think that it will send a message to the SU establishment that some things need to change. However I fear that many in the new Sabb team are too ideologically dogmatic to take heed. This is not how to Make Warwick SU Great Again.[related_posts_by_tax columns="4" posts_per_page="4" format="thumbnails" image_size="medium" exclude_terms="34573"]