In this, the first year of huge changes to the financing of Higher Education, we students deserve and need strong, powerful, but sensible representation.
The burden of responsibility for ensuring universities are playing fair, providing their students with the best possible education, and spending their money in a way which benefits students to the endth degree now rests entirely on the shoulders of the student.
The National Union of Students therefore should be at the forefront of sensible, honest and reasonable debate with institutions across the country about how we can work together to address these issues and continue to make Higher Education as good as it possibly can be.
Instead, what we have seen at conference is extremists and politicians hijacking the NUS conference for outrageous political purposes. The fact segments of the delegate hall clapped upon hearing news that former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher had died is shameful.
This article is short because most of what I am arguing is self-evident to anyone who has read the motions on the NUS website and seen the reporting of The Epinal; the trouble making, deluded, politically extreme agenda of the NUS, whose sole purpose seems to be a training ground for junior politicians.
It does not represent the opinion of the vast majority of students in the UK and it certainly does not represent me.
It is for this reason that I think Loughborough Students’ Union should consider leaving the NUS.
As the fore-most students union in the country, perhaps LSU could consider setting up a new, more moderate body which better represents students and engages in sensible debate.