Apparently inspired by the success of their Maoist comrades in Nepal, New Zealand’s own “peoples liberation army”, the Workers Party are attempting to storm the Victoria University Wellington Students Association.
Current Maoist president Joel Cosgrove is finishing his term as Great Helmsman, but four sturdy comrades stand ready to run the Peoples Republic of Kelburn.
The four Workers Party comrades standing for VUWSA positions are
Jasmine Freemantle – President
Marika Pratley – General Exec
Sam Oldham – General Exec
Jonathon King – Publications Rep
Jasmine Freemantle is an assistant Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Studies and is in her final year of a PhD in Gender and Women’s Studies.
In 2008 Jasmine introduced GEND209: Activism: Reform, Revolution and Dissent, a special topic paper which explores the role and representation of women activists and gendered critiques of activism.
If elected Jasmine Freemantle will be the third Workers Party president at VUWSA in four years.
This harks back to the ’70s and early ’80s when the Maoists and the Workers Communist League ran VUWSA almost uninterrupted for fifteen odd years.
Must be all those dopey young sons and daughters of bludging civil servants so common in Wellington.
2006 VUWSA president Nick Kelly has recently become president of the Wellington Tramways union, so the job is clearly a stepping stone to even greater arenas of revolutionary struggle.