On today’s schedule at Stormont was a private members motion entitled: Protestant Student Exodus…
– Proposed: That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Employment and Learning to bring forward measures to attract, and ensure that, students from a Protestant background are encouraged to opt for universities in Northern Ireland as their first choice, rather than universities in the rest of the United Kingdom.
Only, in the event, neither member actually made it to the house for the beginning of the debate and so it was dropped… Alex Easton was delayed by an interview on U105, and made his apologies… No excuses were heard from Jonathan Craig, the DUP member for Lagan Valley… It’s worth noting that Chekov at 3000 Versts took a fairly dim view of the motion in the first place:
If Easton and Craig consider Queens, or the University of Ulster, bastions of Irish republicanism, they should attempt to foster persuasive, constructive unionism amongst the student body, rather than suggesting recruitment drives based on religious background.
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