Welcome back to The Race, reborn and revitalised in all its controversial and gossip-mongering glory. Some may even call it the Phoenix of all blogs, rising again from the ashes of YUSU censorship – nothing like a pretentious analogy to get our election juices flowing.
Relinquished from the burdens of editorship, I have chosen to shrug off my admittedly feeble cloak of anonymity this year. TR is here to fuel the fire of election rumours, give you all the unofficial dirt on the candidates and put the cat among the pigeons with a few rogue names now and then, just to keep you all on your toes.
I have no agenda, no alliances and am surprisingly difficult to bribe. If you are a boring candidate I will say so. If you are an innovative candidate I will say so. And if you are the owner of a T-shirt that says “tonight Matthew, I’m going to be wasted” I will say that as well. Politics is a dirty business, so who knows what sordid tactics will come into play this year?
It may be early days, but the race for President looks to be hotting up already. The inevitable wrestling match between college chairs has already become apparent, with Vanbrugh Chair Kallum Taylor, and Goodricke Chair Nacho Hernando both rallying for the throne. Will Taylor’s Scouse charms be enough to dampen down the fiery Spaniard? History shows us that Goodricke can carry even the underdogs to power, with Dan Walker and Tim Ellis case in point, but Vanbrugh is certainly a force to be reckoned with. TR can only recommended you watch this space.
Women’s Officer and former Labour Club Chair Cat Weyland has also apparently thrown her name into the ring, which certainly makes a nice change to the testosterone-fuelled team of this year. Having been very outspoken on issues of tuition fees and university arms investment over the last year, she could certainly give the boys a run for their money.
Word on the street last year was that Union Chair, and former campaigns Officer, Luke Sandford had his eyes on the Presidential prize, though TR has since heard otherwise. Similarly with Andreas Gabrielsen, current YUSU campaigns Officer, who last year hinted at his ambition for the top office, though has been keeping quiet of late. Retaining an air of mystery, or simply lost interest altogether? As TR’s favourite phrase goes, only time will tell.
Points for persistence can only go to Ben McGladdery, last years York Sport hopeful who lost by a landslide yet whose thirst for sporting supremacy has yet to be quenched, and who has boldly put his name in the running. Yet he may have to step up his game from 2011’s Scooby-Doo strategy, for he faces tough competition from popular fellow York Sport Committee member Charlotte Winter. Can badminton beat netball? Can anyone bear two years of election shame? Is that one rhetorical question too far? In any case, it looks to be a game of two halves, and not everyone is a winner.
That’s enough election talk for one day ladies and gents. TR has plenty more up its sleeve, so keep your eyes and ears peeled. Nominations open on the 30th January and close on the 9th, so there is still time to throw your name in the ring and hide from unemployment for one more glorious year.
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