Vote MEH 2 NUS
It’s now only three days away from the most important day in this student year, the day we’ve all been waiting for so impatiently for the last few months, excitedly counting […]
It’s now only three days away from the most important day in this student year, the day we’ve all been waiting for so impatiently for the last few months, excitedly counting the days off our SUSU calendars – Yes, it’s nearly time for the hotly anticipated SUSU referendum on whether to join the NUS!
Wait, you don’t care? Can’t you feel the sheer excitement building in everyone, the giddy joy of student politics riotously overflowing across the campus into every orifice of our lives, bringing students to a fever pitch of delirious debate and political polemics over the pros and cons of the NUS from lecture theatres to Jesters? No?
Yeah, we didn’t think so.
If you can’t quite summon more than a grain of interest in the referendum then Meh2NUS is the campaign group for you! We fervently believe that SUSU either joining or staying out of the NUS is neither massively important or interesting, and proudly parade our lacklustre response to the choice. Need some convincing as to why you shouldn’t give too much of a toss about it? Read on for some pros and cons to barely caring about the referendum:
Reasons to not bother joining the NUS:
- SUSU’s voice in the national debate on the role and costs of higher education will be just as insignificant as before joining the NUS.
- Sabbs and officers will probably be able to continue to get similar training and networking opportunities that they already get anyway.
- The NUS’s Liberation Campaigns and environmental & ethical policies are pretty much exactly the
same as SUSU’s already existing campaigns and policies.
- Climbers of the greasy political ladder will find it ever so slightly more convenient to shout
at each other at bigwig conferences and get into party politics.
Reasons that joining the NUS might be OK, I guess:
- Independent auditing suggests SUSU may only have a net cost of £32k to join the NUS
- Joining NUSSL (the NUS’s trading arm) will potentially mean selling different types of lager and crisps at perhaps a different price.
- The (£12) NUS extra card will make it slightly easier to get a 10% discount at the few shops who care enough to specifically want an NUS extra card.
- Your favourite society or club will continue to receive the same level of funding regardlessof NUS affiliation.
So when it comes to referendum day and you find these arguments to be neither as interesting as
putting the kettle on or staying in bed the whole day, then you’re ready to vote MEH 2 NUS on
December 6th! Remember: it’s not the winning that counts, it’s the not caring that much either.
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