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Lack of Respect?

Dec 21 2006 15:30
The Dark Knight
The student arm of "Respect" has hijacked the name of Imperial College Union after twisting the words of the ICU President.
George Galloway, Respect MP for Bethnal Green & Bow

ICU President John Collins learned a valuable lesson this week - be careful who you talk to. Imperial College Union* appeared as a signatory to a Respect demand to the NUS, after ICU President John Collins and DPEW Ben 'Fluffy' Harris gave their personal support.

Collins and Harris were contacted by the University of Manchester Students Union General Secretary to give their support. The motion in question demands that the NUS accept a paper to the main conference next year, which was thrown out for being submitted in the wrong zone - NUS motions are now submitted into particular zones, which are then put into a priority order.

The original motion covered Islamophobia and was submitted into the 'Welfare' zone, but was deemed to be unsuitable for that zone and thrown out. It also bears an uncanny resemblance to a motion submitted to Union Council by Respect member Camilla Royle. It was thrown out twice in a row, as there had been no discussion with the College's Islamic community before bringing it forward.

In their response to the request for support, Collins and Harris indicated that they did not support all of the original motion, but would support the demand for it to be accepted. The Welfare zone includes a motion seeking to adopt an official definition of anti-Semitism, leading to the argument that one seeking for action on Islamophobia should be included too.

Collins has requested that the motion be altered to show the personal support of the sabbaticals in question, rather than the support of ICU as a whole. At the time of writing extra names have been added to the list of supporters, but ICU has not been removed.

*Actually Imerial College Union, but we know what they meant.

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Dec 21 2006 17:52

Ironic, since the whole of Imperial's NUS affiliation is only a very short step from being just ICU's name in place of a few sabbs' personal support.

Dec 22 2006 10:26

As an addition to this, I have a reply from Colin Smith saying he has permission from John Collins to use the Union's name on the Respect news release.

If you're a union councillor and object, you know who to send an email to...

Dec 22 2006 11:36

2 politically motivated anti-racism motions combined with the enevitable "anti-trident" whinge and whatever the lefties want us to boycott this year?

Will we have any time to discuss slightly more pressing issues such as, say, student funding.

Mr. Collins and Mr Harris have a lot of explaining to do. They tell us they want to reform the NUS then start cooperating with Manchester which is THE most lefty-loony in the country to accept a paper remarkably similar to one that ICU Council has thrown out (twice) on the grounds that it lacked both evidence of any discrimination taking place and the whole-hearted support of the Islamic Society who said that it wasn't as big an issue for them as it was for Miss Royle and her like-minded chums.

4. Tris   
Dec 22 2006 11:45

Of course, this would happen during the holiday when no undergraduate councillors are here to object.

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