James Phillips Expelled From Campaign

With paper-voting students finding his name conspicuously crossed out, it has been announced today that controversial Presidential candidate James Phillips has been officially removed from the election proceedings.

The removal follows Impact’s report on a leaked pledge by Equal Opportunities and Welfare Officer Daniel Downes to “consider his position” if an expulsion was not forthcoming. Amongst a series of facetious policy suggestions, Phillips had described all non-drinkers as “losers” during Friday’s high profile Presidential debate, a statement which led to consternation from the audience – particularly those with health issues or religious objections – and was condemned by Downes as “completely vile and definitely racist”.

It has been argued that a combination of misdemeanours, such as not submitting a manifesto or attending meetings, was what eventually finished Phillips off. While the decision was made by the elections committee on Saturday, their policy was to consult with the candidate before making an official announcement. Speaking to Impact, Democracy and Communications Officer Dave Hind stated that “Because he broke rules, and didn’t turn up to meetings, I think it’s totally fair and the best direction to take.”

The Elections Committee will no doubt be relieved to have come to some success in resolving an issue which was sure to overshadow the remainder of campaign. Some may question, however, the influence which Friday’s ‘Presidential Debacle’ had on the decision-making process, and whether it was an accumulation of misdemeanours or the potential for a high ranking resignation which has led to this turn of events. Talking on university radio today, Downes expressed his pleasure at the decision, pointing out that “many, many people were very offended by what [Phillips] said, and rightly so”.

The opening of voting this morning prompted numerous other issues, with some candidates names misspelled and one originally not included on the ballot paper at all. Supporters of potential Women’s Officer Rosie Tressler found her name written on the ballot in pen, after it was discovered that only the name of her opponent, Emily Stanley, was on the paper. Dave Hind gave assurances that he had been given “100% confirmation that no votes had been cast without her name on the ballot”, and new copies were eventually printed and distributed with both candidates’ names included.

Tressler said “Obviously I was upset at the time, but I wouldn’t jump to criticise. The elections committee have got a lot to be dealing with at the moment.”

Dave Jackson

31 Comments on this post.
  • Dan
    8 March 2010 at 21:30
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    “100% confirmation that no votes had been cast with her name on the ballot”,
    Surely that should be “without her name on the ballot”???

  • Jason
    8 March 2010 at 21:52
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    The elections committee have been an absolute joke this year.

  • Dave Jackson
    8 March 2010 at 22:16
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    Apologies Dan, you’re absolutely right – it has been corrected.

  • girls in nottingham
    8 March 2010 at 23:10
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    i would have voted for him if he didnt have such a shite lid in this picture

  • James Lane
    8 March 2010 at 23:21
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    I think accusing James Phillips of being racist is going too far and is potentially very damaging, even slanderous. They played clips of the debate today on URN and it was clear that he definitely did not call all Muslims ‘losers’ for not drinking. It was however, a stupid comment and should be treated as nothing more or less.

  • Stewart
    8 March 2010 at 23:34
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    But he is a lash captain?!

  • Dara
    9 March 2010 at 01:34
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    What a hero, an inspiration to us all.

  • Laurence E. Day
    9 March 2010 at 09:59
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    Things should never have gotten to this point in the first place. What with everyone involved in this election trying to distinguish between their arse and their elbow, the only thing this whole ‘shocking’ story did for me was brighten an otherwise dreary Tuesday morning.

    To quote a lecturer – “why don’t we just make you all president? it’s all pretty inconsequential to anything”.

    Truer words have never been spoken.

  • Abigail Bates
    9 March 2010 at 10:16
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    I find these allegations preposterous!!! I know James very very well, if you know what I mean. He is a very sensitive person, and is the first person to come over and give me a cuddle when I am feeling down. Although his rugged exterior might suggest otherwise, he is in fact a “big softy” who cares a lot about others and is very understanding of other peoples beliefs.
    Racist? How ridiculous! What do you think he was doing in Thailand for the fifth time when he missed the presidential meetings?
    No manifesto? Didn’t he propose free buses to Ocean and campus? He gets my vote….we do LOVE OCEAN!
    As for Daniel Downes, I don’t think he understands the possible consequences of making such harsh allegations, clearly without sufficient evidence, that could be seriously damaging for my future husbands career prospects. Would Downes like to be labelled a “virgin” or “ugly” without sufficient evidence? I think not. Or maybe just the “virgin” bit, I’ve been on his facebook profile.
    I think James should be given the opportunity to be reinstated.
    I told you I’d always be there for you Jamesy!!

  • BNOC
    9 March 2010 at 10:34
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    Do we cross out the BNP in general election votes?
    I thought this was meant to be a democratic vote? Clearly it no longer is.
    The SU elections have been underminded due to this expulsion, and democracy has clearly been taken away.
    Downes is a fool to make those allegations, and should definitely consider stepping down.

  • Dom
    9 March 2010 at 10:37
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    Though it seems quite clear that Phillips’s immaturity would have made him an appalling President, I agree with James Lane in saying that this accusation of racism is absolutely ridiculous and reactionary – it is quite a leap to claim that James Phillips had Muslims in mind when he criticised teetotallers (does he even know that observant Muslims do not drink?)!

    But more importantly, Islam is an evangelising religion and representing it as ethnicity-based is far more ignorant than Phillips’s decidedly moderate foolishness. I think Downes is right to “question his position”.

  • BNOC
    9 March 2010 at 10:38
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    Do we cross out the BNP in general election votes?
    I thought this was meant to be a democratic vote? Clearly it no longer is.
    The SU elections have been underminded due to this expulsion, and democracy has clearly been taken away.
    Downes is a fool to make those allegations, and should definitely consider stepping down.
    Downes knows that he’s going to lose if James runs as the rest of the uni consider these elections a JOKE. What has the SU ever done except for waste thousands of pieces of paper for pointless flyers.
    Downes, heres some advice; get in a taxi, go to ocean, have a shot, have a dance, find a girl, get an ocean burger, take the girl home and get laid. Go on Downes you know you want to!!!

  • Steve Williams
    9 March 2010 at 12:40
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    This seems a touch silly…how on God’s Earth is he being racist? What an absolute joke — it seems this poor bloke has had his reputation tarnished, albeit negligibly, by political correctness and an over-zealous reaction to what is an absolutely non-issue.

    However, I bet it’s the same band that always campaign about these ridiculous issues and blow them way out of proportion. Nottingham is fast becoming a farcical, tongue-tied Students’ Union with no idea at all that offending someone is not grounds for expulsion. Downes should resign for being a proponent for this mindless charge towards a bloody boring society.

  • Steve Williams
    9 March 2010 at 12:41
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    I forgot to mention — for what it’s worth, I’m going to vote for him anyway.

  • Jimitar
    9 March 2010 at 17:24
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    I think it’s for the best as fatties should not be tolerated or considered as role models for the people.

  • Luke
    9 March 2010 at 22:04
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    “As for Daniel Downes, I don’t think he understands the possible consequences of making such harsh allegations, clearly without sufficient evidence.”

    I would urge whoever wrote this article to reword the second paragraph to make clear the context in which Daniel Downes used the term “racist”. The letter to Elections Committee contained the claim that:

    “[James Phillips] suggested in a completely vile and definitely racist way that all those who do not drink are losers”

    Labelling non-drinkers as losers arguably has a disproportionately large effect upon certain groups and could be construed as (indirectly) racist as a result. The nature of “indirect” racism is a highly contentious issue, but an important issue nonetheless.

  • Earthworm Jim
    9 March 2010 at 22:10
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    I don’t think james aka jimmy aka the girth worm should have been expelled. He was a mere shining star in an otherwise very dull and shladdish elections. I think he should be given an honourary position for standing upto the man and expressing what students really want and not what the other shlid candidates think we want.

    Viva democracy…..JUSTICE FOR THE WORM!!!

  • A, Lad
    9 March 2010 at 23:04
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    As a BNOC, I find this entire debacle preposterous! How can a boy with such a shlid profess to something as cool as drinking!?! rofl!

    The only reason there is any debate over this is because I didn’t enter, and I didn’t enter because I’m busy next year counting all the money I made going short on a few stocks. Couple of B’s here, a few M’s there: Whateves! LMAO. I love Daddy’s money.

    In conclusion, who cares. Lets all just spend our parents money and wear our American Apparel hoodies while we drive our minis.

    A. Lad

    ps. Could the slanderous whore who used my BNOC status earlier on in this debate stop using my name in vain. I’m also the only lash captain in ocean. 5 days a week.

    pps. my name is Michael Lillis find me on facebook.

  • A, Lad
    9 March 2010 at 23:06
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    ppps. Shliddy shlid shlid.

    that is all.

  • Dan Downes
    10 March 2010 at 13:00
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    I think that I should clarify the comment about racism. As Luke pointed out, I stated that what James had said could be interpreted as racist, at no stage have I, or would I ever, suggest that he personally was. Throughout I have made no personal judgement or comments on James, and have sought only to treat his actions as an isolated incident and do what I was elected to stand up for.

    Further to that, I should say that using the word ‘racist’ at any point during that letter was ill-advised and did not further my or any other cause. To say that is to distract from the point and I was wrong to use that term in such a way. The letter was not meant for public consumption, and it was a direct statement about what the individual has said and not him personally, but I apologise for any offence caused on that front, that was never my intention and deserves a response.

  • preston lad
    10 March 2010 at 15:39
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    Downes has proven himself to be a moron, deluded with the self importance of his role (would anyone have cared if he had stepped down – answer No). The student Union wields almost no power and rarely if ever touches the life of the average student. There were around 40 people present at the campaign with Phillips bringing the majority of spectators, demonstrating how little people care about the election. To throw phillips out of the election for an isolated remark obviously meant in jest is unncessary, but to label him racist just shows how power crazed and braindead Downes really is. I would wholeheartedly support his immediate resignation.

  • sad times
    10 March 2010 at 19:45
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    Preston lad’s comment – and the rest of this thread – shows the real problem here. The SU exec are full of their own importance but don’t really seem to do much. They’re meant to be our union, so why the hell are we paying thousands each year in fees while our VC is a leading voice among those calling for the removal of the cap on fees, and the SU are doing little but licking his arse?! Of course that’s aside from this discussion but my point is that students just don’t seem to give a shit any more, its mummy and daddy’s money anyway so why would they care. Of course, it’ll mean less commoners can go to uni in the future, but surely that’s a good thing.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if the SU were a revolutionary force.

    But no, let’s get hung up over a guy who, clearly thinking the entire SU is a joke, decides to have a laugh at their expense.

  • gaygod
    10 March 2010 at 21:29
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    He is sooooooooooooo hot!

  • David
    11 March 2010 at 09:49
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    I think people are giving James far far too much credit here in terms of his satirical mocking of the SU exec.

    If what seems to be going round is true, his friends signed him up and he had no idea about it, so it hardly seems a well planned deliberate attempt to provide a well thought out critique.

    More importantly though, he barely seemed to know what day of the week it was. Either this was an incredibly well put on act to further make his point about student politics, or he’s just a bit of an idiot. I know which one most students probably think is the case!

  • Rob
    11 March 2010 at 16:32
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    Oh dear, the R word again. This article doesnt make clear whether Mr. Philips singled out certain groups as losers, or just described anyone who doesnt drink as a loser. Which while being obnoxious and ignorant, if it was just a comment that covered anyone who doesnt drink certainly doesnt mean its racist. And to suggest it could be interpretated as racist, just shows how debased and reactionary ‘official anti-racism’ has become. Racism is a highly complex issue relating to complex social relations, usually around capital and labor or state policy. Mr Phillips comment certainly alienated a sizable minority of students at nottingham, from all backgrounds and viewpoints, which is why it might be a cause for concern. But dont essentialise people along ‘faith’ grounds, there are people who are members of a religion that prohibits alcohol, yet they drink themselves. But actually to suggest that saying people that dont drink is indirectly racist is absurd.

  • Anon
    12 March 2010 at 14:48
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    Please don’t vote for Jimmy Phillips because he is a rascist. He also has prejudices against fat people, poor people, old people shlads, people with shanter and people who do not conform to wearing jack wills. He has committed several acts of indecent exposure, assault, sexual abuse and is currently being prosecuted for downloading and distributing child pornography.

  • Man That Knows
    13 March 2010 at 02:49
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    Wow, “definitely racist”. I really hope Daniel Downes doesn’t get away with this. I’m not overly familiar with the details of the defamation torts, but I’d strongly advise James Phillips to pursue this matter as far as possible.

  • James
    14 March 2010 at 13:53
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    “I’m not overly familiar with the details of the defamation torts”

    Not really the ‘Man That Knows’ then…

  • anon
    15 March 2010 at 19:36
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    James has also been involved in knife crimes, domestic violence, anti social behaviour, racial hate crimes, Lynching, human trafficking, prostitution racketing, and has been rumoured to be involved with acts of ethnic cleansing, genocide and re-establishing migrant slavery in Epsom. In my eyes, this is all good justification for why he was removed from the elections.

  • dangerous dave
    15 May 2010 at 10:46
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    he is gigiless

  • anon
    15 May 2010 at 10:47
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    yup seriously gigiless

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