Why bother condemning the Paris attack?

That seems to be the consensus at The London School of Economics:

London Students Fail To Pass Motion Condemning Paris Attacks

The Breitbart report says:

Around 20 per cent of students who voted at the London School of Economics (LSE) answered no to the motion “Should LSESU Condemn the Brutal Massacre in Paris?” — in which 130 innocent, most young, people were slaughtered.

So, the vote was 4-1 in favor of condemnation. However:

The motion needed 250 students to take part in the online ballot for it to pass.

In other words, the meeting was inquorate. Not enough people attended. Presumably they had more important things to do.

Liam Hill, a former managing editor of LSE’s student paper told the Independent:

“While this is probably more of a reflection on the sad state of democracy at LSE [student union], it is appalling to see such a lack of support for a motion condemning a terror attack”.

Democratic engagement may indeed be floundering, yet the result reflects the view taken by the National Union of Students (NUS), who blocked a motion to stand in solidarity with Iraqi Kurds and condemn Islamic State last year because it was “Islamophobic”.

Student politics has often been dominated by fringe groups with fringe beliefs, delighting in annoying their parents the establishment by passing controversial resolutions and doing everything to swim against the tide.

Based on in the trenches experience, it’s fair to say many of those active in the arena can only parrot soundbites, and don’t actually know very much, if anything, of the facts about the issues of the day. They can shout, they can rant, they can protest; but they cannot think or reason for themselves. Frankly, that is as much a condemnation of the university (in general) as an educational enabler, as it is of the lack of mature thought of the student body.

It may be consoling to know in due course these self same people will be tomorrow’s establishment, having to face the rebellion of their own offspring.