Think of the victims

February 14, 1997

JENNIE BRISTOW accused the National Union of Students of censorship, citing the BNP and Hizb-ur Tahrir as the victims. She represents only herself in this view, having failed to get elected at NUS conference a few years ago as a Revolutionary Communist student candidate.

Does she really think it acceptable for Jewish, lesbian, gay and bisexual students to put up with intimidation and violence on campus? NUS believes in fighting these evils.

This is why CampusWatch was set up for students to report racism, and why we encourage interaction between students from all religions.

Ms Bristow goes on to condemn the "silencing" of self-confessed "scientific racist" lecturer Chris Brand.

In August 1996, The THES carried a similar piece by Jennie Bristow, to which I also responded. Someone who understands victimisation should be given a chance to speak.

Like the vast majority of students, Jennie Bristow most likely studies at Sussex University without fear of intimidation. She has NUS and other bodies who care about the welfare of students to thank for that.

Douglas Trainer NUS national president

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