Today saw the UEA ‘re-freshers fair’ host the second soc-mart of the year, an event at which students can join up for teams, clubs and societies.
The soc-mart is usually utilised as a recruitment drive for the university’s many political societies, however today’s event saw a break with tradition as all major political parties and most reformist left-wing ‘radical’ groups failed to show face.
With a series of resignations from both Conservative and Liberal Democrat societies and parties and a referendum over the issue of no-platform (a policy touted by multiculturalist bureaucrats as a way of cracking down on fascists, which in practice has proved counter intuitive and self interested and, in some cases as, a method to repress revolutionary organisations) looming and a strong campaign being waged against the measure, it is clear that the conservatism of mainstream politics and campaigning has fallen far from favour in the student movement.
Strong ties are being drawn between radicals within, left, green, anti-austerity and anarchist groups as the wheat is separated from the chaff on the field of dissent.
With direct actions being orchestrated, skill shares announced, co-ops being set up and high attendance indicated for national demonstrations and days of action 2011 seems to be off to a strong start in the student movement.