Published on April 14th, 2014 | by Flipside0
Daniel Cooper attempts to self-define as Further Education student
Following the controversy surrounding his election to the National Union of Students (NUS) National Executive Committee (NEC) through the Block of 15 (b00b5) elections, where he won a space reserved for Further Education students, Daniel Cooper, Vice President of the soon be annihilated University of London Union, (ULU-hoop) has attempted to ‘self-define’ as a further education student, much to the chagrin of liberation groups and genuine further education students.
The reserve places, which are supposed to ensure representation for college students within NUS, are unfortunately also often occupied by burn- out student politicians who enrol in college courses to save their flagging social lives. Mr Cooper, the soon to be ex-VP of the soon to be ex-Union, provides one example. Aaron Kiely, NUS Black Students officer, former Labour councillor and former student at Sussex University, appears to provide another.
When pressed for a response by Flipside, Cooper simply tended that he ‘self defined’ as a Further Education student, which enraged members of genuine liberation groups. Representatives from the Women’s and LGBT caucuses offered the joint statement, “We don’t know where to start.” Aaron Kiely offered the same defense, and awkwardly, as the out-going NUS Black student’s officer, had to condemn himself.
Representatives from Cooper’s faction, the National Coalition Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC), are reportedly holding a meeting to decide on a sufficiently middle class setting in which to hold their meeting to decide what to do. Aaron Kiely’s faction, the Student Broad Left, have released a statement blaming the state of Israel for the ‘conspiracy’, before moaning about banks or something.
NUS Further Education President Joe Vinson facepalmed and cried when we told him what was said; he was comforted by NUS President Toni Pearce.