And so the results are in, the hangovers have worn off, and I finally have internet access again (long, boring story). The next year promises to be a pretty large divergence from what we’ve seen over the last few years at EUSA. Time to whip the crystal fish bowl out and get our predicting on…
It’s rather hard not to see this election as a significant victory for the lefties, activists, TGFKDE, Schmenfend Shmedinburgh or whatever else you want to call them (obligatory disclosure brackets – them includes us). Although the losses of Innes MacLeod and Kate Harris early on in the night were keenly felt, McAsh’s victory in the presidential race capped off a night where non-sabb seats were widely swept up by the left, and along with Max Crema’s VPS win means EUSA has a decidedly more chanty, occupyish tinge to it. So much so we may never have to hear any complaining about the lack of slates again. However, the “outsiders” card can’t really be played by the left this year, and delivering the promise of wide reaching changes while smoothing over the bumps in the new constitution will not be easy, which leads us on to…
We are the Children of the New Constitution
The new representation structure of EUSA is going to have some rather interesting repercussions indeed. It could facilitate the widening out of participation in EUSA and make decision-making more democratic and open. Or, as we’ve heard a few times, it could be a complete and utter disaster. The worries stem from the block vote given to unelected students on the academic, welfare and external councils. Theoretically, this means large numbers of the “normal students” we keep hearing about can turn up and have their say on issues that matter to them. It could also result in just one person turning up to a meeting, then shooting down every motion. How successful this is depends on how effective EUSA is at publicising the opportunities for students to get involved, an area it is historically rather poor in. We hope it works out though. Really.
Who trusts the Trustees?
No-one seems to be talking about this much, but a place on the Trustee Board is an incredibly powerful one, making it possibly the most important non-sabb seat that exists now. There’s a reason it was the backup of many sabb candidates. Every decision EUSA makes will be voted on by the trustees, leading to our favourite (if slightly harsh (and not very gender neutral)) description of them as “the unaccountable God-Kings of EUSA”. This also includes three non-elected “external” trustees, the presence of which has already raised a few concerns. Time will tell exactly how influential they will be, and how much scrutiny they will face, but it could well be “very” and “a lot” respectively.
Far less important – the blogs
The EUSA Post has burned out before it faded away, after covering “teh gossipz” almost as well as EUSAlicious and annoying Phillipa Faulkner in the process. Closer to home, we bid farewell to Co-Emperor Kieran, who leaves us for pastures new and significantly more North. This means Adam is promoted to the position of Full Overlord, and first person perspective is probably going to be used a lot more round these here parts. Now the elections are over, a summer holiday is in order, and I (told you) can post stuff that doesn’t really have anything to do with EUSA again, which is a massive relief quite frankly.
See you all next year…