Union President Debate Liveblog 2014

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Aaaaand that concludes the presidential debate. What are your thoughts?

21.55

Does Rob get paid every time he mentions the Tab? I’m expecting him on QVC any day now selling irons.

21.54

Laura refutes Joe’s claim that the Union can’t bring about change for students.

21.54

Marcus briefly forgets why he’s the right candidate.

21.53

Jed’s interrupting David again. Fisticuffs on the concourse, I wager.

21.53

David wants student experience to be at the heart of university – then immediately gets pulled up for using buzzwords

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Jed applauds SUSUtv’s coverage of the debates

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We’re nearing the end. The candidates have been asked to provide closing statements.

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General Consensus: Free Press good! Censorship bad!

21.51

Rob Hayes: Sponsored by the Soton Tab

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Laura says we need the media to criticise SUSU in order to learn from it

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David says he is against the Union censoring media outlets.

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DMW claims that if it is legal to say it, the media should be able to say it without censoring

21.49

We just got described as an ‘inherent puppet’ by Joe Hart.

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Talk of censorship and media outlets. Our stance on this is [REDACTED]

21.48

Now everyone’s agreeing and getting along. Let’s all sing ‘We Are the World’

21.47

Marcus dropped his notes AGAIN. How would the Union last in his hands?

21.46

David’s stealing Micheal’s doubloon policy. Scurvy sea dog.

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Michael has whipped out an umbrella sword- could things be turning violent, or just ridiculous?

21.45

First mention for David Gilani’s hair.

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Joe’s making a serious accusation against the Union and it’s inability to change.

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In five years time, none of them see themselves walking round a zoo?

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He also just laughed at the other candidates. Bold move.

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‘Change we need’ – Rob Hayes

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Henry sees it as a body that’s better able to support it’s students and prepare them for the future

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David wants to offer our students free language lessons.

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Where do the candidates see SUSU in 5 years?

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I find David Mendoza-Wolfson’s voice soothing. If this doesn’t work out, I bet he could make waves in the audiobook market.

21.40

Height-based equality issues coming to the fore now.

21.40

After this I think I’m not sure whether I want to watch Pirates of the Caribbean or torch a copy.

21.39

David bigging up the work of the current Sabbatical team. Hey, isn’t he on that too?

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David says that the more female sabbs there are, there will be more of a chance of inspiring them in the future to get involved.

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Laura says that the problem doesn’t lie with women simply ‘not wanting’ to get involved

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Some people just walked through who thought noise was HILARIOUS. Watch out, they could be the next big thing.

21.38

Marcus says we are only at the start of a long road to promoting gender equality

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Rob counteracts by saying we should just treat men and women equally

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Henry wants events throughout the year ‘encouraging’ women to put themselves forward

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Laura will try to engage with women in order to get more involved in SUSU.

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And the talk turns to the fact there is one female candidate…

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David will EMPOWER students

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Laura wants to increase student understanding with regards to SUSU.

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Marcus has detected a threat to bureaucracy! TARGET ACQUIRED.

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Marcus says that it’s It’s not just about what SUSU does, it’s what SUSU can help us to do

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Marcus’ ‘Sausage Machine of Change’. No laughing at the back, please.

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Jed ‘Arthur Scargill’ Marshall

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Jed’s advice: employ the students to strike as the lecturers.

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We’ve heard talk of an extension to the debate. I’m sure that’s making someone happy. Somewhere.

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DMW wants jobs at the university to be advertised to students first

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Marcus attempts to counter Laura’s point with talk of the Student Career’s Portal.

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Laura disagrees with Rob’s suggestion that students don’t have time for jobs alongside their studies, regardless of their degree program.

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This feels a bit like it’s going round in circles now. Someone move in for the kill.

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David isn’t a fan of ‘five years time’. Noah and the Whale are said to be heartbroken.

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David doesn’t want to wait to invest

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DMW has no time for joke interruptions. He powers on.

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Complete anarchy now, the Chair has lost authority!

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David wants SUSU to take over Piazza instead. Hostile takeover?

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Jed is not in favour of Rob’s plan to get rid of the SUSU Café.

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Some arguing! Finally!

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If you listen, you can hear Curly Fries manufacturers weeping softly on the breeze.

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Rob thinks there are too many cafés on campus.

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Laura does not think there needs to be a masterpass.

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Laura feels that there was a lot of confusion with regards to events this year.

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Henry thinks there should be more awareness of student leaders, with more of a presence online.

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Jed rebuffed his status of a ‘joke candidate’ by saying students wouldn’t vote for joke candidates if they were happy with the ‘serious’ ones

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Hart wants to replace welcoming parties with AGMs

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…that went swiftly off course again.

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Jed is making a serious point about the £9000 fees.

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Pirate Political party, pirate Southampton…

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Mendoza-Wolfson/Burton. A Frost/Nixon for our time.

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David tries to wrestle the debate from the chairman and take it in his own direction. Chair looks disgruntled.

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David wants to debate about more than what is it to be a student

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Marcus wants a thought out approach for democracy

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Marcus has democracy fantasies. Not that many will find that especially surprising.

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Laura wants more engagement with MPs

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‘Engagement’ gets thrown around so often but it’s on the same level of vagueness as ‘synergy’.

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Ahh, ‘engaged’. One of those words that nobody can really explain.

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The best way to get students engaged in the elections?

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David talks about sport scholarships as “short term investments”

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Some obviously forced smiles on stage now as the discussion becomes fake-candidate-centric.

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Pirate Michael wants explosions and cannonballs

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Hart thinks the union is perfect as it is

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Jed suggests banning Conservatives and renaming it ‘the Politburo’

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Michael wants to out source union council to the North Sea to make it more “efficient”

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David: Students around all of our campuses should be discussing ideas.

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David thinks publicity is the solution to the issues faced by Union Council

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Henry Pearson would like to make meetings more engaging

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Rob claims certain things are debated “almost too much”

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Marcus defends the length of his manifesto,  stating he has spent a lot of time reflecting on the role and where SUSU should go.

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How would you make Union Council more effective, brief and succinct?

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Marcus’ dissertation-length manifesto is facing some scrutiny.

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The length of Marcus’ manifesto is brought up- but will his answer be as lengthy? …

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The length of Marcus Burton’s manifesto has been brought up…

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Rob recognises there is an issue with space

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The old space issue is back again.

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Laura thinks there are other aspects the Union needs to focus on.

21.03

The catering staff are offering a pan-based musical accompaniment from the Bridge.

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David claims university shouldn’t be about monetisation

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Our sincerest apologies for that shocking pun. Didn’t hold much water with some of the other editors.

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I’m wondering how far Andrews can sail with this nautical metaphor.

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Jed Marshall wants to bring our lecturers out

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Jed does not agree with aforementioned ‘jizz’ at all.

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Joe Hart is suggesting that presentations should have more ‘jizz’. Cough, make that ‘jazz’

21.00

Has Education become a commodity?

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Been a while since some of the candidates have spoken now, but that’s the price you pay for a highly-contested position.

20.59

David’s offering some clarification.

20.58

Not sure about this ‘thinking out loud’ style of point that he’s making.

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Rob thinks there’s some confusion over what the President actually does.

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Laura thinks the main role of the president should be to forge relationships with roles and students.

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We’re on to sandwiches now. #prayforpresident

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Pirate Michael restresses that the figurehead should be the figurehead, and the president should stick to controlling the fleets.

20.56

Michael wants to be renamed ‘Pirate King’

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David thinks the president should be a figurehead, approachable, a good leader, make sure students are at the heart of the union… not much then.

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DMW says you need to be approachable, make people feel comfortable. The role is to make sure students are the heart of everything

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The enthralled studio audience.
The enthralled studio audience.

20.55

Jamie Barker asks: what actually DOES the role of President consist of??

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Robert thinks that the university needs to up its game in terms of accountability

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Marcus swoops in with a cutting rebuttal. Like a policy-mad hawk.

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Lots of time being afforded to the joke candidates still. Not sure how the serious candidates feel about this.

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David wants to promote the power of students to make change on every level

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The Pirate King’s flashing bow tie is distracting. Christmas-esque, some might say.

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Marcus wants more feedback. FEEDBACK

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Marcus wants more integrated feedback.

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Michael will “carve a new figurehead”

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Pirate Michael wants to carve a new figurehead out of English Oak

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Oli Coles asks: as the president, how will they deal with things when they go badly?

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The candidates for Union President!

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Michael thinks wind power is a good idea.

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How would the candidates improve housing for students?

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Marcus thinks that Rob has missed the point

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David wants to improve the housing situation at other sites like Winchester, which he describes as ‘extortionate’.

20.46

Robert Hayes says that the only real way to get back at landlords is to take their market away

20.45

On to landlords now, a contentious issue in SUSU in the last few months: how do the candidates feel about the Don’t Rush campaign?

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Hoping the debate isn’t taken over by the joke candidates. It’s quite fake-heavy at the moment.

20.44

Pearson wants to get Winchester students more engaged with the Union.

20.44

Henry Pearson brings the debate back, and highlights the travel issues faced by students at the NOC

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He’s looking to divert money from RAG to covert the cost.

20.43

Hart is another speedy-rail advocate.

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Chair Alex Brown is pointing out the inherent flaws in Hayes’ plan to build a monorail. See the Simpsons classic, ‘Marge vs. The Monorail’

20.40

Joe Hart is establishing his posh credentials early on.

20.40

Michael Andrews quite rightly pointed out that Gilani hasn’t recovered any buried treasure during his tenure.

20.39

DMW Praises David Gilani who has been a ‘fantastic president’

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Marcus Burton has already brought up the ever-popular Union Council.

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He thinks that most students are here just to get a degree, and don’t want to be forced into SUSU.

20.37

Robert Hayes reckons David Gilani’s done a ‘decent job’. High praise.

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Host Alex Brown has his work cut out organising EIGHT different candidates.

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The candidates are introducing themselves now. How will the joke candidates interact with the serious ones?

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And we’re live! Sorry for the delay, we were having some technical difficulties.

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