Ho hum, that was fun. Welcome to the end of Off The Record.
This was a test. Would people want to read it? Would people trust my impartiality? Would YUSU let me get away with it?
Across 20 posts in 5 weeks, I’ve had 432 comments and thousands of pageviews. Thank you all for your emails, texts, Facebook messages and whispers in the Derwent Reading Room. You’ve really kept it moving, and I couldn’t have pulled together all this information without you. I hope you found it useful and entertaining.
Your support has been great, and it’s kept me positive in the face of continued YUSU pressure to stop blogging. I don’t want to point fingers, but the nanny-state approach to election coverage this year just hasn’t worked, and I think it needs a total rethink for 2011. Indeed, I am wholly indebted to Charlotte Hogarth-Jones for fighting tooth and nail to keep it running, and I sincerely hope someone follows suit next year. Indeed, perhaps freedom of the electoral press should be something people bear in mind when they go to the polls a week on Monday.
I’m calling it quits for a few reasons. Firstly, I’m tired of the constant fights with YUSU over its legitimacy and the things I can and can’t write. However, moreover I reckon my job is pretty much done – candidates are finalised, and now the real stuff begins – rumours will be replaced by certified news stories, and the Returning Officer media machine will no doubt grind into action. Also, I’ve taken the decision to get involved – and will be running a campaign.
People knock YUSU, and indeed the Elections, as a complete waste of space. This is wholly untrue. The Union affects your life here in so many ways that you just don’t realise, both positively and negatively.
So, please take the time next week to look at the candidates on offer, and please please please cast your vote. Whether you’re a third-year on your way out, or a fresher with no idea what all the posters are about, you have the chance to have your say. Use it.
And did you really think I’d end it without naming who I reckon will win the elections for YUSU 2011? I’m not going to say who I’m voting for, but this is how I think it’ll end up.
Let’s see how long this is allowed to stay online. It’s only my opinion, right?
UPDATED @ 14.53
Well that didn’t last long now did it. Apparently my opinion is deemed far too dangerous to be aired. YUSU strikes again. Vote for whoever you bloody want.
Thank you for reading, and good luck to all the candidates.