Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:54 pm Post subject: The salad bowl
Richard Angell wrote:
The things you are branded with in the student movement for being Labour, and then honest enough to be a Labour Students, is [sic] outrageous, but bring it on, because it is Labour Students that has made me the President I have been this year. It was Labour Students who taught be [sic] to campaign, the importance of being on the side of the needy and to fight for equality, democracy and social justice.
This was taken from Richard's leaving speech - I assume we can trust the transcription.
Upon reading this, it struck me that we could replace Labour with any other kind of movement and it would still be perfectly valid. For me, I would replace it with People & Planet. For other people, it might be the Lib Dems, Greens, Amnesty, Oxfam, heck - even the BNP.
So here's a question for everyone involved in campaigning student groups. If we're all fighting for equality, democracy, social justice and the like then why is there no apparent common ground? Why when Stop AIDS screen an interesting film do no Conservatives turn up? Why when the Lib Dems try and organise a green week do Respect not come to the meeting? Why was Labour Students' latest top-up fees protest attended almost exclusively by Labour Students?
Just a few thoughts for you. It seems that students are more interested in converting others to their way of thought than making progress on the common ground they already have. _________________ We cannot choose what we are. Yet what are we, but the sum of our choices?
Surely if a political party wanted to organise an event on a specific issue then they would want to engage with other societies e.g. if the labour club wanted to do something on climate change then they would engage with P&P? I dunno, that makes sense to me, even though they have different means to end.. _________________ http://www.flickr.com/photos/hannoir/ - check out my photos....
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