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True farce: President of CSSA-Cambridge reappoints herself next President

July 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Early last week, various news media reported the story of the turn-out of the 28th election of Chinese Students and Scholars Associations (CSSA) Cambridge. However a number of senior crews claimed that they were unaware of the election and it was Feifan Chang’s (27th President) own idea to reappointed herself the next President.

CSSA-Cambridge Words from Feifan Chang, the 27th President

CSSA-Cambridge Words from Feifan Chang, the 27th President

Reappointment Scandle

The report of the ’28th election’ turn-out appears on various media, saying that CSSA-Cambridge committee crews and a number of honoured scholars and guests, including Hong Li from the Education Section of the Chinese UK Embassy, attend the meeting.

The next few days, a claiming letter appears on the Internet and soon becomes a hot-topic among the Chinese Community in and around Cambridge.

The letters says that senior team of the CSSA-Cambridge, including Vice-Presidents and Chiefs of Divisions did not know the ’28th election’, not to mention Chang’s reappointment of herself as ’28th President’.

They claim that Chang has staged the ‘election’ and fooled all the members of CSSA and the Chinese UK Embassy and the media.

After the meeting, the common e-mail access of CSSA-Cambridge is controlled and the c0-account names are deliberately deleted.

In the letter they also urge people who attend the meeting stand out and say the truth bravely.

Shocked Committee

Tongyun Li, the Vice President of CSSA-Cambridge writes on the Internet that he is so disappointed in Chang’s dishonest behave and cheating. He says Chang’s deceive has caused damage to the CSSA-Cambridge and all the students who have trusted the association.

Feng Mao, also the Vice President of CSSA-Cambridge, says he is totally shocked when he is informed about the ‘election’ and the signature of CSSA-Cambridge Committee.

The Chief of Sports Divison, Tianxin Lv, says Chang’s ‘election’ is against the Constitution of CSSA-Cambridge, especially the clause regarding the election time (section 16, clause 2), and election process (section 16, clause 1), and the nominate (section 16, clause 4). He also asks people to stand out for justice.

‘Official’ reaction

An official letter from the association says the 28th committee is ready to help all the students. It also says that it is a pity that if any members of the 27th committee can not stay for the 28th term.

In the list of committee members, a larger number of 27th committee has disappeared.

It is said they among those who have been appointed in the 28th committee list, some are even unaware of  the nomination.

Editor’s words

This generation is different. Born in the wave of Open-up and  the invasion of technology and global communication, they have very unique characteristics compared to the overseas years ago.

They share the prosperity of the mother-land and are nourished by the western culture. With the giant flood of Mammonist and the affections in the power and politics, it is easy to follow the crowd and to repeat what others say.

However, the pursuit towards power and wealth has nor been changed. On the other hand, it becomes the most obvious and vital factor.

In this case, it is not hard to assume that being the President of the CSSA-Cambridge will undoubtedly bring certain advantages to the person. Namely get acquainted with Chinese UK Embassy, which will help the person gain numerous political leverage, and the chance to be endorsed by celebrities and A-Level businessmen. Maybe just like Wendi Deng to Rupert Murdoch.

It is just like shifting to the Micro-landscape function in a Canon EOS 60D camera. The ‘election’ and the intention, the story behind is just a micro-picture of the dark side of how the Chinese works. But, under this circumstance and at this stage?

It is Cambridge, a new place for everything. It can be seen that those vulgar and secular behaviour, which shall vanish in this new country as a start, have conversely rooted firmly and steadily, with no doubts.

It can be seen as a very convincing case of the success in the field of economy development and the aggressive purchasing power of the mother-land. Nevertheless, considering the whole picture and having a deep thought, is it really a success? 

notes: Feifan Chang is the MPhil in Politics, University of Cambridge.

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Labour’s split on AV

May 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Ed Miliband supports AV. He thinks it is fairer than FPTP and good for democracy and accountability. But more than 100 Labour MPs saying they oppose it.

(Video Credit: Angelina He)

Politicians in South Yorkshire such as Caroline Flint (Shadow local government and communities secretary) and Angela Smith (Penistone MP) are against AV.

The Sheffield MP Clive Betts who supports local transportation and social care is also against the change to AV. The General Election in 2010 shows that he gains just under 50 per cent support overall. But he could still win even if he loses 52 per cent.  When using AV system, he has to reach out to other groups for support to secure the seat because the 2 per cent margin may be swiped out.

The big picture is AV vote won’t split coalition government. Clegg and Cameron both admit it.

When asked about the split over AV in the party, Ed Miliband thought the national interest and the party interest were the major reasons for it. It is what party people would like to lead the country and if the party could fulfill the promise (e.g. NHS, tuition fees, VAT) that count. But sometimes for the Labour politicians it is about whom to sit with, Nick Clegg or someone else. The belief in the AV system itself varies in the Labour too. Some politicians still believe one people one vote is fairer and the current system has historically reflected the will of the public. And the country has been doing well using FPTP.

“AV would change the political culture”

Ed Miliband said AV would change the political culture. The most important reason is MPs will have to work harder to gain the votes.

He also mentioned that politicians would need to reach out to each other rather than present the hatred. Meanwhile there wouldn’t be any dilemma “voting with your heart or head” any more. Parties, no matter big or small, would have more equal chances to gain the votes. These together would make a more positive political culture.

In fact, AV is the method used for Labour and Lib Dem leadership elections. Many US mayoral and district internal elections also use it. Whether or not AV will win over, it “should be the beginning of the journey, not the end” said Ed Miliband.

Also support: Harriet Harman (Labour Party deputy leader), Ed Balls (Shadow chancellor), Tessa Jowell (Shadow minister for the Olympics), Carwyn Jones (Welsh first minister), Alan Johnson (former Home secretary) and Lord Kinnock (former Labour Party leader).

Against: Lord Prescott (former Deputy prime minister), John Healey (shadow health secretary) and Margaret Beckett (Labour Party leader, President of the ‘NO to AV’ campaign).

Confused student voters in Sheffield

May 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Foreign students who live in the university accommodation find themselves confused about whether they are legitimate to vote in UK today.

ballot paper ready to be thrown to trash bin

ballot paper ready to be thrown to trash bin

“I think only Commonwealth students can vote here.” said Siddeshwar with a sense of proud, an Indian student in the University of Sheffield. But more students, domestic and foreign, do not know whether they could vote.

It has been pointed out that students are able to vote in case they are fit for three conditions:

  1. aged 18 or over on polling day
  2. a British citizen, or a Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Irish Republic (living in the UK)
  3. not legally excluded from voting (for example, if you are in prison)

The reason why there are ballot papers sent to students accommodation is that the government has to ensure enough paper for the votes. They will only count on the ballot papers that follows the three conditions above.

It is also said that some students who are legitimate to vote cannot find their ballot papers because they are thrown away as trash by their flatmates. Apparently for those who are in favour of Labour it is a bad news.

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