Madeline Grant writes for CapX
Far from representing the views of “a million young people”, the NUS open letter actually reflects the opinion of a small group of officials, who appear to have released their statement without consulting their student electorate first.
This wouldn’t be the first time the NUS has prioritised political interests over addressing the concerns of students. Recent years have seen motions to ban prisons and boycott Coca Cola. Then there’s the internal hostility towards conservative students, the periodic anti-Semitism rows, the timeless obsession with Palestine. The NUS has even led the charge against cheap booze — one of the few things most students can agree on — by backing minimum alcohol pricing in 2009.
In claiming to speak for all students, NUS officials are taking this bizarre logic and applying it to their own elections. We’re all capable of exaggeration from time to time, but the NUS’s claim to represent the views on Brexit of “one million young people” is completely delusional.
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Further IEA Reading: The IEA Brexit Prize: A Blueprint for Britain – Openness not Isolation ; Brexit Prize: Final shortlisted entries