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Published on November 23rd, 2013 | by Flipside

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Mehdi ‘can’t be bothered’ to end Block-Booking

Flipside can report that Nadia Mehdi, the Edinburgh University Students Association Vice President of Societies and Activities, has decided she can’t be bothered to end the totally incomprehensible perfectly rational practice of making Edinburgh University students queue up in the cold incredible warmth of November for several hours in order to secure room bookings for society activities, despite promising to end it in her VPSA election manifesto.

Every year, on block bookings day, a number of students queue up from as early as 12 am, and sit in the cold until a series of totally incompetent self-important busybodies well-trained EUSA volunteers herd them into Potterrow and bark instructions at them, before telling them to go away and come back with completed forms at various times of the day.

Tess Pianne, a third-year English Literature student and theatre enthusiast said “I’m delighted. Absolutely delighted. I had so much fun doing block bookings! In my first year I caught hypothermia trying to book some practice rooms for (she said the name of some pretentiously named theatre company, and I instantly forgot it) and whilst it didn’t work out because I collapsed, I got a few days extra on a deadline and made friends with Bhangra Crew!”

Other students who could be found who were society committee members offered various versions of “Fuck sake!” and “Tell no one you saw me, I’m skiving a committee meeting right now.”

When questioned Mehdi herself responded by blowing a raspberry and saying “Bleh. Who cares? I’ve been elected. I don’t give a shit.” She then proceeded to take a conveniently placed hard copy of her manifesto and blow her nose into it. “If I was feeling more vulgar I would have opted for the more obvious analogy. But I’m not. Anyway, these middle class students who don’t take part in my class struggle could do with understanding how truly poor people live for a night. But as a side, I will not tolerate any accusations that I just use my position to project my own wider political views. Now, can you sign my petition to start a public holiday burning effigies of Tony Blair?”

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