It is clear from Mr Rowell’s pronunciamento that the world of (Tom)orrow could be a radically different place. Seeing the lighter side of the Students Association Election (and seeing himself in the many volumes produced on Churchill) the document is a vast canvas for change. However, the change suggested is rather authoritarian in sort. Claiming experience from the immaterial ELAGA 2019, Mr Rowell believes he is a winner.
Mr Rowell’s views on housing are distinct from his opponents, he asks: “Is there really a need for affordable accommodation?” The manifesto sets out support for the 800% HMO fee increase for the University and calls for a dramatic decrease in the number of HMOs. Furthermore, Mr Rowell appreciates Washstation for being a “credible and effective” company and wishes to re-negotiate the deal in their favour.
Accessibility and Community
In terms of town and gown life, the latter part of that expression is explored in detail. Making gowns mandatory on Sundays and requiring smart dress in lectures. There is a ruthless stance on discipline. He would like to crack down on false self-certifications and ban all secret societies; the mechanics of these appear vague but his place as an ideologue crystallised.
He also feels that drugs and weapons remain a threat and wants to investigate more effective means of security. When it comes to adding value to the University, he would like to see scholarships for rugby to end “the sad trip home from Murrayfield” after Varsity.
Advocacy and Voice
Mr Rowell has a developed climate policy: the issuing of free metal straws upon matriculation. Found amongst Mr Rowell’s lofty ambitions is an astute satire. His humour highlights fundamental challenges we face. The manifesto exposes issues around housing, affordability, accessibility, our climate, and town and gown relations. It is a refreshing document and a positive campaign will bring a lot to this election cycle.
This analysis does not reflect the opinion of The Saint, but rather that of the author. All information was accurate at the time of writing.