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Student Representatives

Candidates, like politicians, provide a detailed explanation of why they deserve votes. Some criticise past representatives. Some make endless promises. Some rely on their humour or, heaven forbid, their appearance.

I guess, thankfully, there were none of the last type this year, without offense to the looks of those who ran. But the candidates seem not to know either what has been going on in the past years, even if they know what the post involves, and at that if they actually care.

No-one seemed to realise that the incumbent representative did in fact put up a long, hard-fought battle for the return of vending machines. And that, despite several compromises, it was the other eight board members that blocked the proposal. The promise of their return is completely unrealistic and even the most outspoken student, let alone those who contend this year, would ultimately be turned down by the board’s remaining eight members.

No-one seemed to notice that, however often the toilets are fixed, they will be broken the next day. No-one seemed to be aware that, whatever suggestions to the tuckshop operators, they are contracted and have every right to ignore our pleas. No-one seemed to recognise the student council’s role in supporting and following its representative. In fact, none of them have been particularly involved in student voice at all.

The irony of all this is that voters don’t think of these things. They are more unresearched than the candidates themselves. The consequence of all this that the funniest, best-looking candidate — regardless of ability or committment — wins the post. And if, by that exceedingly high though not infinite chance, that representative doesn’t have the committment to uphold the post, he will fail and the student council will fail with him.

And it is this failure that students and, consequently, next year’s candidates will dwell on.

Each year, my school elects a student representative to sit on the board of trustees for one year.
This blog is a rather exaggerated but incomplete representation of my view.

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