Niall Richards’ winning entry to the Masked Ball competition looks at the closure of Mangos and the vote to turn away 3,000 children refugees.
The recent announcement on social media of the closure of Falmouth nightclub, Mangos, has been met with vehement outcry from the student population. On the same day, MP’s, including Sarah Newton, MP for Falmouth and Truro, voted to turn away 3,000 vulnerable child refugees fleeing conflict and poverty. Where was the outcry for this social and moral failing from the parliamentary representative supposedly speaking on our behalf? It is a sad indictment on students, and modern youth culture as a whole, that we seem to care more about relatively trivial matters than society’s weightier topics.
However distressing this may seem, as a student and a human being, I can empathise. It is so much easier to turn a blind-eye to pain and suffering, especially when it is thousands of miles away. I realise that not all students are this way; I know many students who are passionate and active in regards to the topic of social justice and human rights. Furthermore, I have no doubt that the majority of students, if not all, when asked what issues are fundamentally more important, will respond with sense.
However, in our twitter-sphere age, online actions speak louder than theoretical lip service. Two petitions, largely spearheaded by the Penryn and Falmouth student population, protesting the closure of Mangos have amassed 2,173 and 1,520 signatures respectively (as of 30/04/16). I googled a petition to question or challenge Sarah Newton’s recent parliamentary decisions, and found nothing. I can’t help but imagine 2,173 letters on Sarah Newton’s desk, or 2,173 peaceful protestors outside her offices in Truro, and wonder what effect this may have had on her decision.