NUS officially opposes Ukip with latest bill

Milton April 8, 2014 20


News has circulated from Liverpool that the 2014 National Union of Students conference (NUS) has voted in favour of Amendment 101c – Opposition to Ukip.

The amendment states that ‘We [The NUS] should be alarmed by the electoral rise of a “respectable” nationalist right, including UKIP;’ and that it further believed ‘Withdrawal from the EU would not solve these problems but simply create a more independent neo-liberal UK in which nationalism runs riot.’

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This controversial move seems to be an encroachment on the NUS’ mission statement, which claims to (3.1) “promote, defend and extend the rights of Students.”

It is difficult to measure the effect that this NUS policy will have on Ukip students: Milton believes that this could increase the party’s appeal amongst young members, and will provide more ammo for Ukip rhetoric as a party against an out of touch establishment.

Jack Duffin, Young Independence Chairman (Ukip youth wing) said: “I am very disappointed that NUS has voted to oppose UKIP on a national level at its conference.

‘This will alienate many students who are involved in UKIP but also people who hold a different view to the handful of students at NUS Conference.

‘This shows their disregard for democracy and disdain for alternative, mainstream political views. We as a movement do not believe NUS should not be marginalising thousands of students and societies across their campuses. This is bizarre, pathetic posturing once again demonstrates how the NUS lacks focus on the issue that students really care about: education.’

The harsh and drastic move from the Union has further installed awareness of its ability to discriminate against those with different views. Jack Matthews, a delegate from Oxford said: ‘Ukip are a political party whose youth wing comprises some of the membership of NUS, and I think it is wrong that the NUS is turning around and essentially opposing its own members.’

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  • David Whiteknight

    Doesn’t sound like a fucking bill.

    Sounds like ‘these are my feelings’.

  • Dave

    Ukip is actually the ONLY centrist party LibDEms,Labour and Conservative are all left wing to varing degrees BNP are right wing no-one has noticed the shift left

    • anon

      UKIP are not centrist at all, they’re further right that the Tories.

  • Tiresias

    Sad when Univ students cannot make a coherent case and words have no meaning anymore

  • Erebus Black

    There is no question about it. The NUS is a far left group like the SWP and UAF, characterised by opposition to free speech and democracy. Luckily my university isn’t affiliated to this bunch of nutters.

  • Steve Read

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the NUS officially opposed themselves.

  • Ambriorix_Le_Belge

    Of course UKIP groups on campus could just go underground. I can’t think of any more interesting a draw for politically minded students than attending secret political meetings

  • greenacre

    I attended one NUS meeting, many years ago. It disgusted me to see the goings on and I stopped being a socialist the same day. Vote UKIP!

  • Sapporo

    There is no doubting the Marxist sympathies of the NUS. However, it shows all facets of the political spectrum are being mobilised to oppose UKIP and, moreover, to prevent a populist, democratic revolt against the political status-quo. The NUS is subsidised by the State, who’s controllers see politicised, naïve students as useful foot soldiers to disrupt its opponents. UKIP’s campaigning was disrupted at the last by-election; their office was vandalised, their leaflets stolen and their activists were threatened.

  • madasafish

    Since when has anything the NUS said on politics been considered newsworthy? When I was a student, we ignored them.

  • Jeff Evans

    Surprised this is even news. Voting against “racist” organisations is a long tradition of the NUS. Well, maybe a little surprised that the motion is not followed by a long tail of marxist twaddle about the evils of capitalism, global warming and the bedroom tax.

  • loftytom

    ” Jack Matthews, a delegate from Oxford said: ‘Ukip are a political party
    whose youth wing comprises some of the membership of NUS, and I think
    it is wrong that the NUS is turning around and essentially opposing its
    own members.’”

    Is a political party, not are.

    There are too many thick students …………….

  • Gareth Stone

    “Rape culture check your privilege Robin Thicke, attacks on the poor racist neoliberalism bedroom tax. Our public services rape culture Blurred Lines racism toxic masculinity ; rape culture pay gap neoimperialism rape culture transphobia. Genderfluid, loves tea. Blurred Lines ‘reverse racism lol’ rape culture inequality youth unemployment – Bullingdon Club crisis of capitalism racist society. Thicke Lines, rape culture rape culture. You’re not doing it right check your privilege, racism.”
    – National Union of Students in its 2013 Christmas card to members.

  • bex

    Stupid Brats. they are implying that the NUS only represents extreme left wing students. As such it should not have any privileges such as organising student events and getting funding

  • Alb Einstein

    Hypocrites – even the NUS is just another establishment propaganda tool now.

    • Utterances

      They are running scared as the realise they now represent ‘the forces of conservatism’. Make way for the new revolutionaries.

  • Utterances

    What a lot of Cnuts. You can’t stop this wave.