Mr Arif exclaimed ?Frankly you guys have all been boring. You have to be the softest Council ever with seemingly very little spine when it comes holding Union Officers to account or proposing policy.? This of course begs the question of what precisely Mr Arif thinks Council should have held him and his fellow Sabbaticals to account over. Is a guilty conscience troubling our dear leader? Stress has been known to have caused Mr Arif to behave strangely in the past.
Alarmingly, the bored President ended his chastisement of council with a threat to create ?outrageous? joke policies unless he received some sort of direction from the lethargic Council, a threat Mr Arif has demonstrated in the past that he is quite willing to put into action .
However, leading socialist Colin Smith took great exception to the notion of joke motions, which Hacked Off found somewhat ironic given his last contribution. In an indignant response to Mr Arif?s Council Chastisement that bordered on a polemic, Citizen Smith demanded to know why, given the apparent shortfall of motions, his anti-Bush motion had not been considered. Rounding on Council, he also wanted to know why there had been no action on top-up fees, particularly in light of a recent letter by Sir Richard Sykes in the Times. This may have confused the ?honourable? (and esteemed) members who have, to the best of Hacked Off?s knowledge, been engaged on this issue to some degree.
However, it rapidly transpired that the source of Citizen Smith's anger was the lack of ICU backing for actual protests rather than lobbying and letter writing. Mr Smith continued ?At Imperial, with the Rector one of the chief supporters of top-up fees, it is our responsibility to take the fore-front of actively campaigning, as I believe various motions resolve to do, and not just to sit back and do nothing. At the lobby yesterday, people reasonably high-up in the NUS all openly stated that if we are to stop the implication of top-up fees we need drastic measures. By all means arrange lobbys of MPs as well, but the reps were talking about college occupations, walk-outs and another national demonstration next term, which needs to be huge.?
Watch out Mr Arif, when (if) the revolution comes, you?ll be first up against the wall!
POWER TO THE PEOPLE!