This video from the USA is about the Conservative Political Forum, selling racist “Obama Waffles”.
From the New Statesman in Britain:
Tory boys in trouble
* Posted by Mehdi Hasan
* 01 September 2009 10:56
Oxford University cuts its links with young Conservatives
The Daily Mail reports:
“Oxford University has banned its students’ Conservative Association from using its name after a race row.
The university has severed all links with the Oxford University Conservative Association (OUCA) and ordered it to change its name.
OUCA, which boasts Margaret Thatcher as its patron and William Hague as Honorary President, was embroiled in a scandal in June when student politicians were urged to compete to see who could tell the most offensive racist joke.
Nick Gallagher, the group’s publications officer, was asked to repeat ‘the most inappropriate joke you have ever told’ as part of a drunken hustings for the next president of the body.
He said: ‘What do you say when you see a television moving around in the dark? Drop it n****r, or I’ll shoot you!'”
Three cheers for Oxford University! It’s about time the powers that be took some sort of action against the loons, wackos and wingnuts of OUCA. I witnessed their mad antics as a student at Oxford in the late 1990s – I vividly remember a Tory boy named John Storey who, in the words of the Oxford Student newspaper, once disrupted a student union meeting with “Nazi-style salutes, cries of “Viva Pinochet” and alleged drunken behaviour”. (If you want to get a taste of the right-wingery, and anti-social behaviour, of OUCA and its members over the years, check out the detailed Wikipedia entry here.)
The Mail also reports:
“The Conservatives said OUCA was not part of the Party, although many association members were also members of the party.
A spokesman said: ‘People who behave in this disgusting and reprehensible-way have no place in the Conservative Party.'”
This is entirely predictable – and wholly inaccurate. Despite repeated denials and evasions by Central Office, the fact is that the nutjobs of OUCA have always found a home in the official Conservative Party – as blogger Paul Sagar noted in June:
“…this official excuse of non-affiliation is hard to square with the Conservative party‘s friendly relations with OUCA. In 2008 five members of the shadow cabinet – including David Cameron and George Osborne – spoke at OUCA meetings. This year alone, John Redwood, Michael Gove, Viscount Monckton, newly re-elected Tory MEP Daniel Hannan, Edward Leigh (chair of the uber-rightwing Cornerstone group) and former Tory leader Michael Howard have all spoken at OUCA.
But then, it’s hardly surprising that OUCA and the Conservative party are on such friendly terms. OUCA’s alumni include Margaret Thatcher, William Hague, Jonathon Aitken, Lord Rees-Mogg and Daniel Hannan.
OUCA is a breeding ground for future Tory stars. It is not a fringe organisation trying to jump on the establishment bandwagon, it’s the youth wing of the national party. That’s why so many top Tory politicians were members, and why so many still attend OUCA events. Yet time and again OUCA members are exposed as racists.”
Over to you, Tory party spokesman….
See also here.
“Bring back slavery” row returns to haunt Conservative Future candidate Craig Cox. Political Scrapbook: here.
ELVIS COSTELLO DISCUSSES HIS THOUGHTS ON THATCHER: here.
Stars complain over Tories’ ‘anti-gay’ allies in Europe: here.
Gay rights group Stonewall attacked the Conservatives on Wednesday for sharing platforms at the party’s annual conference in Manchester with politicians holding homophobic views: here.
The National Union of Mineworkers laid the blame for Britain’s climate change crisis squarely at the door of the Thatcher administration and its brutal destruction of the mining industry on Friday: here.
The declaration by General Sir Richard Dannatt that he will sit on the Conservative benches in the House of Lords and join a future Tory government represents the most serious expression yet of the politicization of the military in Britain: here.
What Jacob Rees-Mogg knew before he went to dinner with Traditional Britain: here.
- Breaking: OUCA declares war on Oxford (oxpopuli.wordpress.com)
- Tories should ‘fess up’ about collapse in membership under Cameron (telegraph.co.uk)
- Tory party membership has collapsed under David Cameron, claims one of his OWN MPs (mirror.co.uk)
- Thatcher vetoed Hague Treasury job (bbc.co.uk)
- ‘Tories are racist’ says top aide to Thatcher following illegal immigrant ad storm (mirror.co.uk)
- National archives: William Hague? He’d be embarrassing – when Margaret Thatcher vetoed a Treasury job for the boy wonder (independent.co.uk)
- It’s bonkers to talk about a ‘glide path’ to Conservative victory in 2015 (telegraph.co.uk)