Monday, 26 January 2009

Update on Negotiations

Since the University refused to talk to us, we proposed that they state their response in writing. Their letter was merely a restatement of existing University policy and asked us to stop the occupation by midnight. Instead of offering opportunities for negotiation, it simply made threats. We found this particularly shocking in light of the relative pro-activity displayed by other universities in response to similar demands. We still believe that the University can take concrete steps to support the people of Gaza, and continue to offer them the opportunity of a detailed discussion, between four of our representatives and four of theirs (or any number that they wish), in an open forum witnessed by all who wish to join.



  2. Thanks for clearing that up edward. I forgot for a moment that children are people with a political conscience, whilst adults are self-interested and shout in ALL CAPS. I am grateful we have such enlightened, elloquent members of the University to further our education in this way. I hope other members of the university will bear in mind the lesson edward taught us before resorting to such childishness as peaceful prostest

  3. I doubt that the CAPS commentator was a student at all. Good luck to you - keep up the great work!

  4. oh i'm very much a student. one who is considering hurling law reports over the bannisters if you don't get the fuck out of here.

    to think you are disrupting the efforts of fee-paying students to work hard and get some value for their extortinate tutition fees is an absolute disgrace.

    i hope you choke on your remaining falafels you spineless little dicks.

  5. Edward

    As much as I'm sceptical about the protest, you are coming across rather poorly.

    Go have a cup of tea, go to the UL for a bit, and just accept that sometimes things will be less than ideal. The protest has been going on 3 days... if this is the worst thing that ever happens to you, you're a lucky man.

    If you want to engage in discussion, be civil; otherwise I propose everyone else adopts 'do not feed the troll...'

  6. By some value, do you mean a nice degree that'll get you a job in the city of London and a comfortable pension.

    You can work hard with them in the faculty, it's clearly your own neurotic disposition that means you can't work whilst other people are fighting for justice.

    The falafel comment smells of racism, and I think discredits your entire argument.


  7. au contraire, they are cheap and easy to make in bulk, just the thing we used to protest on. plus it's just being overly optimistic to think that someone could choke on stew.

    anyone confusing what you're doing with fighting for justice (rather than acting like confused little children) is about as likely as me confusing my afternoon of work for 4 hours of sweaty lovemaking with victoria pendleton.

    though i hear she has a thing for frenchmen so perhaps i'm ahead of you on that front.

    at any rate, if you're paying four figures for something i'm sure you would wish to have your enjoyment of it protected so show some fucking respect.

  8. I sympathise with Edward. The thing is, any of us, Edward included, can already give money to the DEC charities whenever we like, and many of us will have already done so, without making a big deal of it, and now have other things to get on with.

    It's wrong to assume that the people who are the most disruptive in their support for Gaza are on the moral high ground. Why should that be the case? In fact, why be disruptive at all? Just go to your pockets.

  9. Whilst most people support the cause, the actual protest is disgraceful. Whatever the protesters' beliefs, they are disrupting the students due to lectures being forced to move, the atrium being turned into a forbidding tip and the perfectly legitimate checks at the door. Go brave the weather and camp out on the backs so you are not just selfishly affecting law students. Also, if the protest is going to be about Gaza, keep it about Gaza and don't use it as a front for radical politics such as Maxism. If any of the university authorities see this please can I urge them to get the protestors out as soon as possible to allow the smooth running of what is a fantastic faculty to continue.

  10. edward - i thought you were a veteran of 68 who's been on loads of protests. Which are you - student of 68er? Or lying shmuck? Please clear this up.

  11. Hmm. Bill. You're new. You do seem like law faculty staff - measured, engaged, switched on. What's wrong with radical politics then? Such as Marxism?

  12. Indeed, presumably, if edward was 68 vet, he's probably flirted with old beardo at some point. Right, edward?

    edward- might I alert you to the fact that many of the people occupying are also part of a campaign called education not for sale (ENS)? You might find some common ground there... tuition fees are high, especially for foreign students.