This Might Be The Best NUS Presidential Campaign Video Ever
Tom Harwood is a student at Durham University and he’s running for NUS President. You might remember him from his successful campaign video last year to be an NUS Delegate, in which he pledged, amongst other things, to construct a giant statue of current NUS President Malia Bouattia, “defeat ISIS… using NUS boycotts” and “bring down this government by means of violent revolution.”
Well, now he’s back with another campaign to be NUS President and you really need to see it.
Tom took to social media to announce his plans to run for the top position within the NUS, sharing his campaign video on the ‘Tom for NUS President’ Facebook page, which at the time of writing has received more than 44,000 views.
The video begins with Tom claiming that “the NUS is in crisis”, referring back to the wave of universities who voted to disaffiliate from the union last year.
He then proceeds to outline some of the “silly things” the NUS has done under its current leadership.
Among these, he highlights how the NUS called for “all prisons to be abolished.”
And also asked people to “stop clapping and to use jazz hands instead” at an NUS conference.
He goes on to discuss how the NUS told LGBT societies to “drop a position for gay men” because “they [the NUS] said gay men weren’t oppressed enough.”
And that they also pledged to “bring down the government by means of escalating, direct action.”
The video ends on a much less satirical note, with Tom announcing his plans to run for NUS President, pledging to “re-legitimise the student movement in this country”, making it more “inclusive, representative and credible.” He adds that he’ll fight for “real improvements to the cost of living”, “dignity and security for international students” and “enhanced student welfare.”
Watch the full video below:
Among the policies listed on his website, Tom is also pledging to “lobby for lower taxes on alcohol in student bars”, “work to turn back the tide of anti-Semitism on campuses across the country” and, less seriously (we assume) “ensure jobs for all graduates by starting construction of a real life death star.”
You can find out more about Tom’s policies and read his manifesto here.