A few people have expressed disdain at my decision to lend a helping hand to the Conservative Future Society on campus. You will know that they faced de-recognition in the Guild. A week has passed and hopefully tempers have calmed down a little, so I wanted to set out exactly why I did what I did. Just to put at rest the minds of club members, this was a personal decision, and in no way does it affect how the club operates. ie: we’re not becoming the Tory society.
There are three fundamental reasons;
Firstly, I believe it is essential that the Guild represents a political plurality, a cross-section of opinion on matters relating to the students we represent. Anyone who argues against that is not fit for reasoned democratic discussion. Surely, we make much stronger policy by listening and taking into account all sides of the argument. When I argue, on these pages or in person, with the Tories I find my own beliefs become much more asserted. What they stand for is exactly what I try to fight against. That kind of zest from a debate is what I would like all our members to experience.
Secondly, I believe, from what I’ve been told, that BUCF has been let down consistently by the Guild and their own past committees. I’m confident that the current chair will do all he can to ensure that his successors continue a close working relationship in the Guild for the benefit of the whole society. The blame does not rest on one person, or one organisation, but now BUCF have been given a final chance to make amends and I believe they will try and do that.
Thirdly, losing the Tories does BULS no favours. At the moment, many people believe Labour own the Guild, a view I find ridiculous. But if we had stood by and let BUCF slip away then that view would have been further cemented.
BUCF, represent a special case, a strong and active society that has been left to drop out of the Guild inner-sanctum. I would have done the same for other societies, had I known the details of their circumstances and had they been like BUCF’s. But I didn’t, and like I said this was a purely personal decision. Ofcourse, I informed our committee and let them aware of what I was planning, but this was in no way a BULS effort to rescue the Tories. So members of our club fear not, it’ll be a long time yet before I seek to sign BULS up to the Thatcher doctrine, or allow BULS to be part of the Cameron Marketing Department.