Yesterday something momentous happened in the NUS: the Governance reform so badly needed for so long was finally ratified. Not all delegates were enthusiastic about this though, and chose to express their dissatisfaction on this constitutional issue by staging a protest about, erm, Gaza.
This exclusive footage was shot by dismayed delegates to this year’s second NUS extraordinary conference as they watched in exasperation as thirty Trots occupied the stage to disrupt proceedings for over an hour. If you want to know why the hard left gets a bad name, check out them disrupting democratic proceedings, which Unions had paid huge amounts and put in much effort to get to, below, as the chair battles on heroically with the conference.
Protest was followed by counter-protest and a rallying call from President Wes Streeting for us to keep going. After an agreed five minute statement on Gaza the protesters vowed to stay there until the NUS took a position on the issue, and for all we know could still be there in Wolverhampton. By being on stage shouting they surrendered their opportunity to vote against the ting they had turned up for in the first place, and the vote went through by a huge margin. There is a time and a place for protest, and disrupting proceedings on a vote that was completely irrelevant to this issue and demanding the NUS take an official stance on a hugely divisive issue when quite frankly they had their own fish to fry was not it. Full credit to the NEC and chair for handling it all so well, and let us all rejoice in the fact that the NUS has a brighter and hugely promising future ahead of it thanks to their hard work.