I have just voted for the first time at imperial in the NUS debate. This was not due to any special view that the union would be any better or worse in the NUS but due to the fact that Uni politics bugs the hell out of me.
Call me cynical and uninformed but who really cares who runs the union. It honestly wont affect me in the slightest. Nobody is going to make the union a great social centre and no-one could possibly make it any worse either. Apart from cheap beer (which under NUS would still be cheap compared with central london, which is the only thing drawing me there) the union doesn't affect me and I hate it when they (the argumentative union officials on a power trip) try to tell me that it does! If they really have done great things for me why don't I know about it???
I don't think that i am in the minority with this view when last year under 10% voted for the union losers (I mean leaders). All those people who want to get together and think they make a difference can go right ahead but don't expect us to care, let alone praise them. If the union shut down who would really care?? Apart from losing a cheap bar (in which you have to put up with the worst music since ABBA) nobody would really notice. Clubs and societies (if they cared that much about their weird obsessions) would get together anyway and could apply directly to college for money.
Can anyone tell me the difference between the union losers and an average club? Surely we could just make a society called 'Useless and unaware of it' and let them argue about their precious constitution in that. If these people are really the calibre of our future politicians I think I might move to Zimbabwe, there at least politicians have character and never even heard of a constitution.
So next time someone tells you to vote for the Union losers tell them to F**K OFF and get a life. I voted 'NO' to NUS, not because I cared but to cut down the amount of offensive uni politics at Imperial. (That and my lecture was late starting!) Ironically the only vote I will ever take part in again is one to abolish the misfit club that is the union council.