NUS Vice-President calls for “Tories and Lib Dems to be put on bonfire”
In an email sent on Monday evening from her official NUS account, and including her official signature, Baars admits that “not all of the chants will be to everyone’s tastes”.
One describes Prime Minister David Cameron as a “w****r”, and goes on to demand “lets show these condem b***s the true meaning of class war [sic]“.
They also include political rhymes such as “We hate Tories and we hate Tories… We are the Tory Haters” and “‘Build a bonfire, build a bonfire, put the tories on the top, put the libdems in the middle and burn the f***ng lot! [sic]” .
The email, sent to a mailing list of Student Union presidents from across the UK, caused outrage, with many recipients suggesting that the NUS shouldn’t be encouraging a class war or inciting violence against either the Conservative or Liberal Democrat parties.
This morning, Baars apologised for “any offence caused”, describing the chants as ones she had “personally pulled together”. She also stated that “she completely [took] on board that the partisan nature and the references have the potential to be misconstrued.”
Despite being sent from her official email account, and asking for feedback in the second person (“we’d especially love to hear of any original chants that you have come up with”), she claimed that the chants are “not an official NUS briefing” and that they in “no way represent the views or policy of the organisation”.
Ben Meakin, President of Aberystwyth University Students’ Union said “promoting violent demonstration is highly inappropriate from a national officer, especially given what happened in 2010. I’m glad Vicki has now apologised for this reckless email, and I hope students from Aber and all over the country remain safe and peaceful during tomorrow’s demo.”
Demo 2012 takes place tomorrow from Temple Place in London, and aims to “educate the public about student’s concerns”, and to “demonstrate to policy makers that we are united in our demands”.