Tories take new line on Students’ Unions

Follow up to earlier post on Willetts speech.

After his widely reported statements on fees, David Willetts also commented (generally not noticed by the press) on Students’ Unions:

“We value student unions. We salute them and what they achieve for and on behalf of students. Without them, universities would be much poorer institutions, as would the employers, causes and political parties who take on their alumni.”

Bit of a change there then. Perhaps he is fortunate that most SU members of today don’t remember the introduction of the 1994 Education Act or the then government’s (ultimately unsuccessful) efforts prior to that date to require voluntary opt-in membership for these now hugely valued bodies.