Here we go. Elections are back and after a 12-month holiday, my daily elections editorial is back too.
From Label to The Epinal, from editorial constraints to an independent publication, a lot has changed in a year.
But over the next eleven days I will be bringing you everything from the inside scoop to my personal punditry on who is on top and who is up against the ropes.
Candidates will be praised, candidates will be criticised; they will be applauded and exposed.
This is our busiest period of the year. We are here to shake up the staleness of the Executive Elections and breathe some scrutiny, accountability and real substance-based debate into a system that has too often favoured an unworthy and sometimes incompetent social elite.
It is a huge shame that there will not be more candidates than twelve months ago. Ali Cole’s reforms should be commended and it should by no means be an indictment on him that more people are not running for the Executive on the back of his changes. The brutal fact is that 99% of students do not think that a sabbatical role is the “ultimate graduate job”. Little can change that.
Nevertheless, The Epinal pledges to provide you with the best news, insight and analysis so you can make the most informed decisions come voting days.
Where will these elections be won and lost? My answer is simple. On social networks, by door-knocking and through the debate that takes place on this website.
Already I’ve heard some waffle. Already I’ve heard some unrealistic promises. And already candidate weaknesses have begun to be exposed.
Log back on after the candidates’ reveal tomorrow for an early spotlight on these issues.