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Published on October 22nd, 2013 | by Flipside

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Fresher inspired by the viciousness of EUSA politics

Emily-May Clark, a fresher from Oxford studying Politics at the University of Edinburgh, apparently admires the way that Edinburgh University Students Association politics is characterised by incredible aggressive Facebook arguments, and live shouting matches.

“Before now, student politics didn’t really interest me. I didn’t really get the fascination with enhancing the university campus, or making university better. But then I found out about the fights, and let me tell you, those are the sort of things I want to be involved in. Just the other day I saw some pro-lifer accost someone, arguing that the right to choose meant hating children, and posting really gross pictures of dead fetuses’. I loved it.”

The fast paced personal attacks and accusations of duplicity, lying, bribery and cronyism enthralled another first year, Jacob MacKay, of Kirkcaldy.

“This is exactly what I came to uni for. You just can’t get this sort of bile back home unless you’re willing to discuss Made in Chelsea.”

Taiwanese student Hala Chen said that EUSA politics was even more aggressive than politics in her home country, the Republic of China, where party workers brawl to publicise their parties and fake assassination attempts are regularly organised to create electoral sympathy for candidates.

EUSA President Hugh Murdoch condemned the heat of political battles, stressing EUSA’s safe space policy, whilst typing out a series of messages in all-caps on an anonymous Facebook account. “Can you stop watching me do things? I can’t help but feel you’re putting them on your website.”

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