After another brilliant weekend of Six Nations rugby (hence this editorial’s headline), Monday sees voting for the Exec Elections open and, from previous years we know that a vast majority of votes are cast on the day voting opens. However, before you do, here are a few things to think about.
Josh Hurrell (President) – basically flawless in my opinion through the entire elections.
Becky Lauder Fletcher (VP Education) – faces a huge task to meet the standards set by Lazar Zindovic. Thought she was shaky under pressure on The Bubble Debate and I worry about her promise on postgrad funding which I think is completely outside of her control. I like her academy mentor-matching scheme but seriously question whether there needs to be an education committee – does the union not have enough as it is?
Zak Evans (VP Finance) – I feel that Zak has handled what could have been a really difficult election very well. He has good policies and a good campaign. His pledge to introduce cash on campus conflicts with the current VP Finance’s cashless policy, so it’ll be interesting to see where he takes this.
Chris McKenna (VP Finance) – the less said here the better.
Hannah Chrisp (VP Democracy) – Chrisp’s huge lead in the polls suggest she has utilised her marketing skills. However, will she be able to learn the necessary skills to run union council and elections in such a short space of time? Personally, I doubt it. She was notable by her absence from Union Council on Thursday and two Thursdays before and…
David Haines (VP Democracy) – despite Haines’ significantly greater knowledge of Union democracy, where has he been for the past week? I’ve barely seen him. Not since he suggested an extra costly sabbatical officer and a review of the current Exec wages at least; hardly policies which are likely to win an election. His ideas, no matter how good, are worthless if he isn’t able to get them across to the voting public.
Isobel Ford (VP Welfare and Diversity) – Ford’s campaign has been solid if not spectacular. She has spent a year on Welfare committee and her good policies reflect this. I hope that she has more success with her drop-in sessions than those who have previously promised similar schemes from the locked confines of the Exec Office.
Dave Tingle (VP Welfare and Diversity) – while Tingle’s 500 students/week policy came under scrutiny on The Bubble Debate, I think he has the right ideas. However, I fear his very good policies have got lost among a manifesto which I fear too few students will bother to fully read.
Maz Haider (VP Welfare and Diversity) – Haider has some good ideas, but I’m not sure he has the support to really implement them. He has cut a lonely figure around campus over the past week.
Georgia Cheyne (SocFed President) – Cheyne’s experience on SocFed committee and as a society chair has shown through on her manifesto points. Shame she resorted to “Promote” has part of her SPICE acronym. How will you promote Miss Cheyne?
Helen Crossley (Head of Media) – I like Crossley’s Head of Content idea and her promise to build industry links. I think both of these will be invaluable parts of media next year. Hall media is a great vote winner which we’ve not seen change dramatically in either of the past few years, and I’d argue the same about Loop. How will she increase consumption?
Jennie Cooper (AU President) – Cooper is right to target communication with the AU, which at times this year has been worse than dreadful. ‘One AU’ sounds remarkably similar to the Loughborough Sport rebrand; will clubs continue to lose their individual identities? If so, will they buy into this idea?
Tim Jenkins (AU President) – I like Jenkins’ manifesto. More AU club input, fairer and more open finances, ironing out the Kukri kit deal and widen non-AU members in events. I don’t think anyone can argue with those. Would more details have ensured more votes?
Michael Jordan (Action Chair) – it’s very difficult to find faults in Jordan’s manifesto. Improving employability is likely to prove a very popular policy and from what I’ve read and heard, he’s done his research on the swipe card registration. Research before a policy, how refreshing.
Sarah Haar (Action Chair) – Action working in partnership with other sections and offering SportsMAD are both excellent ideas in my opinion. An online newsletter and newly developed Action website are also good, but this is not the media section’s job. This is why the Union has a marketing department.
Paul Nanson (Rag Chair) – greater rewards, monthly forums, marketing (how?), more feedback from students, better training for reps, boost Rag’s profile and more sponsorship. I’m struggling to pick those apart. However, how often have we heard the word “forums” thrown around Union politics recently with very little to show for it.
Mike Lyness (Rag Chair) – the first point on Lyness’ manifesto is encourage involvement, isn’t this a Rag Chair’s main job description? At least he offers some examples as to how. More support to students sounds good but re-establishing an event in the mayor’s parade which was fast loosing popularity and using media for promotional material? The media centre is for developing journalists, technicians, production crew etc. The marketing department is for promotional material.