In a move almost unprecedented in NUS history, the sitting president Aaron Porter has announced he will not contest a second term in April. And, viewing the video below, can anyone really be surprised?
On 29 January, Porter was chased through Manchester by dozens of “activists”, the most aggressive of whom were wearing masks. The mob were led by somebody screaming “SCUM! SCUM! SCUM!” in Porter’s ear with the aid of a megaphone. By the time the battle cry changed to “build a bonfire and put Porter on the top” the police were escorting him towards Manchester Students’ Union.
Less than two weeks later, Porter was “kettled” by Scottish Socialist Youth in Glasgow (pictured above). The prospect of another 12 months as the focus of ugly physical intimidation was clearly not an appetising one.
Whatever you think of his politics or how he acquitted himself as NUS President, he didn’t deserve the Nick Griffin treatment.