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AA back to normal

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The shock vote against Mohsen Mostafavi automatically carrying on as AA chairman for a further five years is a reminder that, when push comes to shove, democracy of a sort rules in Bedford Square. The vote, in which Mostafavi failed by a mere 10 votes, was by the 'school community', ie students and teachers, and is necessary for any chairman who wishes to continue without facing challengers. It is fair to say the vote was a shock, since under Mostafavi's stewardship, the finances have been sound, Hooke Park has been purchased, numbers are up and the work looks good. But on the other hand, Mostafavi has already done 10 years, which means virtually no student has experienced anyone other than him in charge. As New Labour is finding out, there comes a moment when there is a feeling that change might be rather nice.

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