YUSU have joined others across the country in criticising suggested chants sent out by NUS Vice-President for Union Development, Vikki Baars, ahead of Demo 2012.
The suggested chants were sent out in an email by Baars yestereday evening and the document was also featured in a post on Facebook by the NUS figure.
The chants included “We hate Tories and we hate Tories… We are the Tory Haters” and “‘Build a bonfire, build a bonfire, put the tories on the top, put the libdems in the middle and burn the f***ng lot!”.
Another chant stated, “Oo Cameron is a w*****, he wears a silk cravat; he took one look at the welfare state and said I’m having that. He won’t say not to bankers, he won’t bail out the poor, lets show these condem b*****s the true meaning of class war’
Other chants were more immature than offensive such as, “(One for the police) ‘Your sexy your cute take off your riot suit’.”
The NUS Vice-President has now apologised for “any offence caused” by the emails, and claims the chants on the list were “personally pulled together” by her. Baars also stated that they were “not an official NUS briefing”. while she added that the chants “in no way represent the views or policy of the organisation”.
In the email she had encouraged students to learn and recite the chants ahead of the Demo: “A strong demonstartion needs lots of people to chant, sing & shout. We’re marching for many reasons and we must be heard. This chant sheet should help you all learn some of the chants”
On Facebook at the end of her post there was a small acknowledgement that the chants could be offensive with “p.s. I can’t promise all the chants will be to everyone’s taste.”
YUSU have condemned the chants and President Kallum Taylor hopes they will not undermine tomorrow’s Demo: “Those kind of chants undermine every ounce of hard work that YUSU, and other SUs across the country have put into making a positive occasion out of a serious Demo. By all means chant away, and get in the mood, but do it creatively. Swear words and personal digs will just alienate and intimidate onlookers.”
He added he expects York students to express their opinions but in a fun and sensible way: “I get the anger, but you’ve got to translate that effectively. It’s deflating to see a national rep play that line; so we’ll try even harder tomorrow to make team York’s experience a fun one. I’m more interested in how we Samba through the capital than what we chant to be honest.”