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Published on May 3rd, 2016 | by voxx

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We must leave the National Union of Students- before it’s too late

Even if we don’t have one, we probably all recognise the little blue cards carried in the wallets of local students. These are the membership cards of the National Union of Students, a fanatical organisation that’s been hitting the headlines recently.

The time has come to leave the National Union of Students. Successive generations of students have seen the wildly throttling hands of insanity grip evermore tightly on the neck of the NUS. The NUS is a cacophony of quacks, a tyranny of twerps, a platform for no-platformers, a walking, seething contradiction, presiding over a Reign of Error. It is now so far removed from the wishes of Britain’s student body that it is irreparable.

The list of charges against the NUS is long. Firstly: it’s increasingly a megaphone for anti-Semites. The recent election of Malia Bouattia has proven this. It’s incredible to think that she has been elected by four hundred delegates, representing a tiny minority of UK students. The NUS is undemocratic. It fails to stand up for the rights of students, regardless of race, class, creed, or gender: the modern NUS is propped up on discrimination, hateful rhetoric and whackjob ideas that have spiralled into lunacy.

The NUS has crushed student-led discussion. A spate of no-platforming across the country denies students the right to hear contrary views. A conscientious, reasonable student who gives a damn about freedom of speech will surely agree: we must smash the NUS, and begin anew.

Student disdain for the NUS is thankfully growing: Oxbridge is holding a referendum on NUS membership, an open letter at Durham Uni calls for disaffiliation and a number of other universities, like York, are considering abandoning this ridiculous institution altogether.

A more perfect union must be formed. This union must condemn censorship of reasonable opinions, and promote debate on campus. Instead of passing resolutions all afternoon, this union must reconnect with students. One student must have one vote in this union — and then we may call it democratic.

The NUS has sailed longer than it needs to. A crash is heard, the ship slams into the iceberg, freezing water enters the hull. The NUS, at last, is sinking. We must get to the lifeboats — whilst we still can.

Author: JA Smith


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