The motion in question "This Union believes that because the British military under the Labour Government is currently engaged in an aggressive war overseas, for the Union to use its resources to encourage students to join the military or participate in military recruitment activities at this time would give political and material support to the war." passed with 80 votes to 50.
This motion and its outcome has attracted so much attention that it has made it into The Mail, The Sun, The Guardian and The Evening Standard. It appears along side other stories that show a complete lack of respect for the servicemen who are out their fighting everyday to protect the freedom of speech that I enjoy and preventing others from destroying my country, which I love.
Gordon Brown has said "I condemn absolutely any members of the public who show abuse or discrimination to our armed forces."
Patrick Mercer, a former infantry commander and a Tory MP, said today: "These students are deeply misguided. They are insulting the men and women who fight for their freedom and the democratic rights of our society." I couldn't agree more.
A spokesman for UCL Union accused a group of "hard core", Left-wing students of orchestrating the vote. "It's quite a silly thing,” he admitted. I would like to point out that if a 'hard core' right wing student was proposing the deportation of all foreign students then they would get called a racist would get expelled from UCL for it.
I find it odd that a University that was based on fairly liberal values and treasured free speech would take such a drastic move to allow this bill to be passed. Surely it is the individuals choice whether or not they want to join the military. I was myself was asked when passing the Army stand at Freshers fayre if i would like to join, I didn't therefore I simply Said 'No' and moved on.
My good friend Eamonn Hurley-Flynn has set up two different Facebook groups to help repeal this motion and expose the 'misconduct' that occur during this meeting on Wednesday. If any of you are interested in helping out join the groups on Facebook Here or Here. Let's hope we can repeal this motion and instill some respect for those who so selfish risk their lives to defend our Queen and Country every day.