The Hoff, Katie Hopkins and Russia vs. Ukraine: Union’s termcard

Morwenna Jones 24 April 2014

Katie Hopkins and David Hasselhoff will be joining Nobel Prize winners and ambassadors to speak at the Union Society this term.  From former Doctor Who ‘Doctors’ Paul McGann and Sylvester McCoy to novelist David Nicholls, there appears to be something on the cards for everyone this term.  

President Michael Dunn Goejikan was especially excited to announce that Maarti Artishaari, the 10th president of Finland, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and UN diplomat, will be addressing the Union in week four.  

Press Officer Oliver Mosley on the other hand was most excited to see Katie Hopkins.  “I think she’s amazing and really funny and it’ll be good for members to see how constructed her media persona is,” he said. Given that Hopkins is now an MEP candidate, her brash public statements and notorious Twitter comments should indeed make her a star attraction.  When asked whether the appearance of the notorious television persona who made her name on shows The Apprentice and I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here would possibly lower the tone at the Union Society, Goejikan highlighted the varied interests of their members.  

“The Union has 7,000 members resident in Cambridge and naturally they have diverse interests.  What we’re here to make sure is that there’s something for everyone. Some people might just like to go and listen to two ambassadors talk about politics, 
plausibly that describes myself, others might want to hear what Katie Hopkins has to say and I don’t think we’re in a position to judge them for it.”

Oliver also defended the Union’s representation of successful women in its line-up. Katie Hopkins’ appearance will be followed by British businesswoman Cath Kidston. Oliver defended what at first appears to be a very middle-class presentation of 
‘yummy mummies’ by voicing his own admiration for the Cath Kidston brand: “Cath Kidston is an enormously inspirational figure, she started her enormous brand out of a junk shop. In the nineties, that wasn’t the best decision and yet she’s become a huge success.  I think she’ll be a phenomenal asset to the term card.” 

Aside from Kidston and Hopkins, one of the biggest attractions of the term looks to be in the form of guest speakers; ambassadors Alexander Kramarenko of Russia and His Excellency Volodymyr Khandogay of Ukraine. The ambassadors will 
each speak on successive evenings in week four. Given the lack of any controversial figure this term, Executive Officer Nick Wright emphasised the relevancy of these two speakers. “It’s a topic of ongoing fascination”, he told The Cambridge 
Student
.  “And if Ukraine becomes part of Russia…”