Steve Fan is running for Association President with no experience in the Union whatsoever; on SRC or SSC. With no manifesto to analyse, The Saint has had to look at his short 250 word statement.
Mr Fan says that he will “use the resources of the University and students to work toward a phasing-out or removal of the current HMO (Houses in Multiple Occupation) cap in town.” Though the HMO cap is an important issue for students, Mr Fan gives absolutely no ideas about how to tackle the situation. He also gives no indication on what these “resources” are.
His next policy is to “prompt the University to construct more University accommodation more quickly, and expand the portfolio of university – owned and – managed accommodation in town.” Again Mr Fan gives no explanation of how he would fund these builds or how he would ‘prompt’ the University. Such hollow promises cannot be trusted.
In a third unsubstantiated policy, Mr Fan says he will “reduce increases in hall accommodation fees and predatory behaviour among private accommodation providers by using Association resources for advocacy and scrutiny.” Once more Mr Fan has given no evidence that he can deliver on this promise, with no examples of how this could be achieved.
The Saint’s assessment
Mr Fan seems to be genuinely concerned about the accommodation situation in St Andrews, but it is hard to tell how serious he is about becoming President. With no experience to speak of and seemingly unachievable policies, Mr Fan’s promises cannot be believed.