Tuesday, October 31, 2006

campaigners for change

I know that this is not a popular point of view, but I think student politics is a good thing. Having vowed before going to university not to have anything to do with it, I found the experience of campaigning in elections, going on and organising demonstrations and occupations, taking part in debates about policy, representing other students and all the rest of it to be enjoyable at the time, and a chance to meet people who are some of my closest friends.

There were, of course, examples of the things which people give as examples of why student politics is bad - petty disputes which weren't worth having, things which I got worked up about and fell out with people over for no good reason, hours spent discussing policies which would never matter. But better to make those mistakes and learn from them then rather than when it mattered more.

Anyway, the point of this was going to be that in the student union elections each year, one task was to come up with a campaign name which sounded both suitably radical and anodyne. One year the campaign name chosen was 'Campaigners for Change'. Imagine my delight, then, to discover Jon Cruddas' website, with the slogan across the top - 'Campaigning for Change'.


At 11:59 am , Anonymous nick said...

Is there such a thing as a campaign slogan that isn't anodyne?

Forward, not back!


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