Everyone knows my views, so I shall draw the attention of the readership and the Returning Committee to Sen's slightly misphrased statement about the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. NI is part of the UK. Period. I trust this was just a slip of the political pen and not a knock at the Union that is this nation! :)
Well, according to my passport, the correct name for this country is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northen Ireland. Hence, obviously, Northern Ireland is part of the UK, but not Great Britain. I hope that clears up the pedantry.
As for the rest of the article, it's perfectly fair, even though it's been written by someone who has declared their opinion on the matter, as it is unbiased. And yes, it's as boring as hell.
And, of course, I'll be joining the "No" campaign.
If that is the case, surely that is a breach of referenda regulations, due to David using his position in the Union to unfair advantage for his campaign? Anyone involved in campaigning is supposed to do so on equal terms whether they are a random student or a sabatical with an office in the union building. David would surely have to give an equal amount of space on his door for the NO capaign posters!
As you well know, Rob, provided that the rules under which a referendum is held have been democratically framed (as I believe the ICU Referendum Regulations have); further provided, that the Returning Officer and any deputy or deputies are fair and neutral (something on which I have no comment on the forthcoming ICU referendum as I have never met Mr Rolls), then it would prove nearly impossible for anyone to rig a referendum.
Whereas I don't believe that the current ICU NUS affiliation referendum is, therefore, institutionally biased, it would (in theory) be possible for a corrupt Executive Committee of a hypothetical students' union to permit and encourage a referendum to be unfairly conducted, which could lead to a referendum merely acting as a rubber-stamping of that committee's wishes. Obviously, this would be unthinkable.
I'm going to stop right there before I include any more Park/Londonstatto in-jokes; I think I reached four in that comment/rant. ;)
Why do none of the three websites about the referendum actually tell you when and where the debates are going to be? Not even the official icu site (well, page) for the referendum tells you this. Fortunately it is here on live, in the Events Calendar. :o)