At last the general election campaign is over. It's been boring me to death for the past few weeks in spite of the fact that I'm a politics and news junkie. However, since the pre-campaign, I've had a little countdown clock in my internet browser (thanks to Firfox) which has been counting down the minutes until polling starts and we're all free from the hideous spectre of politicians grubbing in the gutter for the last few votes they can root out. I know that if we're to have a representative democracy, this election and the campaign are important, but if it bores a self-confessed politics junkie such as me, it's hardly going to mobilise the electorate to turn out and vote for the Red Tories, the Blue Tories, or the Yellow Tories in large numbers. Anyway, in another 7 hours and 21 minutes polling will start and it'll all be over.
As pretty much everyone no doubt knows by now, John Cross, the Union's former returning officer today faced a disciplinary panel for alleged unspecified breaches of the rules regarding comments attributed to him at various Union meetings. John was found guilty under the second most ridiculous reason for a disciplinary on the list: number 11, any action which causes a student, guest, or member of staff to complain. His sentence was to write a personal apology to the member of staff who made the complaint and to clarify (ie. retract) his statements via the 'to note' section of the week 9 meeting of Union Council. John has already indicated that he intends to appeal this ridiculous verdict. Anyone who wants to voice their disgust at the way in which the Union's officers have (mis-)handled this case, come to Union Council tomorrow at 7pm in S0.21. Pictures of the protest preceding the hearing will follow.