I will not distance myself from the right wing spin machine which attempts to bring down NUS’ credibility, but tackle it head on. Both of those occasions have taken NUS’ communications outrageously out of context and have been blatant attempts to weaken NUS. I also think these kinds of attacks will appear in the same kinds of newspapers consistently over the coming months in the run up to a report which is being published soon by the right wing “Young Britons Foundation” which will call NUS and Students’ Unions ‘dangerous organisations’ and attempt (again) to discredit and shut us down.
Over at the YBF website, it looks increasingly like they're being absorbed into the whole ex-Decent industry. Speakers from the Henry Jackson Society, projects on "Students' Rights" and "radicalisation". I suspect part of the reason for this is that the Department for Communities & Local Government budget is relatively big compared to your average wanktank and therefore wanktanks are irresistibly drawn towards it, by a sort of financial gravity. I presume the planned "report" is going to be an effort to accuse anti-cuts protestors of secretly being jihadis, perhaps with a side effort to get on the DCLG counter-radicalisation gravy train.
Also, here's the rundown for their next event:
Andrew Stephenson MP, Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party
Steve Baker MP,Wycombe
Jonathan Isaby, ConservativeHome
Robert Halfon MP, Harlow
Shane Greer, Executive Editor, Total Politics
Eamonn Butler, Adam Smith Institute
Iain Dale, Broadcaster & Publisher
Dr Alan Mendoza, Executive Director, Henry Jackson Society
Raheem Kassam, Henry Jackson Society
Douglas Murray, Center for Social Cohesion
Simon Richards, The Freedom Association
Michael Fallon MP, Sevenoaks
Matthew Sinclair, Director TaxPayers‘ Alliance
Sajid Javid MP, Bromsgrove
Daniel Hamilton, Big Brother Watch
Nigel Evans MP, Deputy Speaker
Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP, Hitchin & Harpenden
James Delingpole, Polemicist
Chris Kelly MP, Dudley South
Tim Evans, Director, Libertarian Alliance
Andrew Rosindell MP, Romford
Douglas Carswell MP, Clacton
Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Minister for Transport
Mark Wallace, Senior Fellow TaxPayers’ Alliance
Conor Burns MP, Bournemouth West
Now there's a party even I wouldn't try to get into. What a bunch. For an organisation that was publicly disavowed as barking extremists during the last election campaign by the current prime minister, it's not a bad turn-out. There's a fair amount of filler, but even so. It also looks like I was right about "Big Brother Watch", the anti-ID card campaign that suddenly appeared five minutes before the repeal bill got Royal assent to claim the credit for six years of NO2ID - it's yet another Tory wanktank.
I was also amused by this:
Raheem has served on the National Executive for Conservative Future and began his political life running the blog ‘KeepRightOnline’, which swiftly became one of the best read political blogs in the country (now closed).
Yeah. One of the best read blogs in the country. Now closed. (Alexa can't find any scoreboard data on it at all.) It's apparently become a twitter feed.
Hey fat chicks; colouring and straightening your hair doesn't make you attractive. It makes you a fat chick with straight, coloured hair.
That's "quintessentially British commentary", apparently. It actually sounds more like a poor effort at pretending to be one of the crappier US trolls - Jeff Goldstein or Adam Yoshida - but then, crappy fake American trolling is Blaney's MO down to the ground. I wouldn't be at all surprised if they try to pull some sort of cod James O'Keefe trick in the run up to the 26th March demo.