Why is Robbie Dale allowed a column in your paper? It seems to me that his last column was nothing more than a pathetic and bitter rant against the students who dared not to elect him as SU President. I’m all for controversial views, but to accuse the student body of a culture of ‘whining’ and little else is plain ignorant.
Did your paper not demonstrate a need for ‘whining’ when it lead the protest against Fruit of the Loom? We’d still be wearing sweat shop hoodies if no-one took the initiative to ‘whine’ about it. Similarly, the Free Vanbrugh protest may be dismissed by Robbie and his SU chums as another thing for students to moan about, but did it occur to them that it’s because we actually care? It infuriates me that whenever there is an issue important to students, the SU can’t wait to stand in the way and make things difficult!
Robbie goes on to suggest that these student ‘crusades’ are arrogant because they’re unlikely to make a difference. I admit, it’s difficult to actually change anything – especially when you’re up against the University like we are with Free Vanbrugh. However, that is exactly why we elect fellow students into the SU – to represent us! Can he really be surprised that he failed miserably when he stood for SU President and, more recently, Communications when he is so resistant to the student voice.
I applaud your efforts to raise important issues in your paper, but Robbie’s column belittles both your efforts and the efforts of all your readers.
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Robbie’s views are not necessarily shared by the editorial team and, in general, our paper strives to support student campaigns. Ed.