Student Coucil Elections
The polling stations at the likes of the PFC and those in the Union and MBC were, as always buzzing with people eager to exercise their democratic right to have their say in the running of the Union. How disappointed they surely were then to see a list of meaningless names on a page with no candidates in sight, not a sniff of a manifesto and very little information in general in relation to what the Student Council actually does.
It is hardly surprising then that the elections have a record for voter apathy and low turnout. How is interest to be generated if no-one is ever to be seen canvassing for support? Surely something needs to be done about this if we are ever to have a Student Council which genuinely represents the wishes and interests of Queen's students.
Of course there is the rabid sectarianism that is to be conquered also. I'm sure this year will see many more explosive arguments and ridiculous motions (anyone for a verse of 'God Save the Queen'? Or maybe we'll move the war memorial in case it causes offence) put forward by the DUP and Sinn Fein representatives. It sounds like a junior Northern Ireland executive - and that can only bring hopes of progress for the future I think you'll agree...
Let's not pass judgement yet however, we'll leave the negative comments until the results are out!