The Epinal’s Editor, Andrew Lawton, thinks that students must seize the opportunity provided by Union Council and the upcoming Elections. I couldn’t agree more.
Vice President: Democracy and Communications, Ali Cole, tells us that Union Council is the highest representative body in Union. We can all agree on a statement of fact.
But does he really believe that? What about the Exec? What about the Union?
Union Council is designed to be Loughborough Students’ Union’s very own parliament. A group of representatives for particular groups of students within the university (one councillor per 300 students from a department); select committees to consider the strategic direction of each particular branch of the Executive; sub-committees to apply policy and consider improvements to the system as well as maintaining the standards we’ve come to expect of our students and councillors.
In theory this is a perfect set-up for Loughborough, it works for Britain after all.
So lets compare: the Prime Minister makes a promise on energy bills that is completely unsubstantiated, he’s called out on it and it sparks a news cycle of frankly embarrassing press for the ruling party; the Chief Whip calls a policeman a pleb, he is made to apologise and his resignation is called for, and eventually it comes; the west coast mainline process is called into question and eventually is reconsidered.
The VP Democracy presents a Department Committee Candidates pack that clearly breaks Union logo policy, two councillors bring it up at the emergency council, next council it still isn’t changed. In interviewing the new members of council, questions include “can you do your best dance” and “out of three members of the Exec who would you kiss, kill and have sex with”, nothing comes of it. Councillors decide they’re not happy with how a successful candidate has been elected, refer it for extra consideration, the Executive ignore it and give them the job anyway.
Stark differences there, I’m sure you’d agree. The first set of examples encapsulates a society built on rigorous scrutiny of those in power, while the second set depicts a society where scrutiny simply doesn’t have any teeth, as Jago Pearson suggested two weeks ago.
So I ask you, do you think the Exec believes what they say?