January 9th, 2013

Damian Green: Dominic Grieve Threw Me Off a Bridge


When Damian Green was infamously arrested in 2008 as part of a Home Office leaks investigation it was Dominic Grieve who led the Tory backlash. The duo go back a long way having both attended Oxford University together, but there could be a more mysterious reason as to why Grieve felt the need to repay his old acquaintance.

Back in 1977, when current police minister Green was the president of the Oxford Union, he was threatened with legal action after accusing a group of fellow students – including former OUCA president Grieve – of throwing him off a bridge at Magdalen College. Budding young reporter and future sleuth Michael Crick, who edited the Cherwell student newspaper at the time, reported:

“The whole affair started at the end of the Magdalen guest night dinner on Sunday, where Green and Ceiri Roberts, this term’s Union returning officer, were guests of Peter Laing. Green was grabbed by about a dozen Magdalen undergraduates and some of their guests, and forcibly carried to the bridge over the Cherwell at the back of the College. There Green was dropped from a height of about twelve feet into one and a half feet of water. In his fall he missed being impaled on some rusty spikes by only a few inches. Fortunately it was his shoulder which hit the stony bottom first, but as Green told Cherwell: “I could easily have hit my head on the bottom, been concussed, and drowned.”

The rest, as they say, is history…

H/T @jimwaterson


  1. 1

    Drowning, not waving ?

  2. 2
    Damned Impertinent Questions says:

    “…..a man so incompetent, he cant even carry out a simple murder without cocking it up”

  3. 3
    Arse fuck for freedom says:

    Bumboys will be bumboys

  4. 4
    I don't nee d no do ctor says:

    Just what is happening to Guido. Another non-story.
    Here you are Guido.
    Margaret Hodge
    Tom Watson shit stirring over McAlpine
    David Milibands rant in the HOC yesterday
    Andrew Mitchell – why are the police stone walling
    Andy Burnham – Stafford hospital under labours watch

  5. 5
    Silent Bob says:

  6. 6
    Gay Pride Dave says:

    Don’t forget Huhne

  7. 7
    A Bob Troll says:

    FFS Bob – if you haven’t got anything to say don’t say it!

  8. 8
    Living in 96.98 percent white Merseyside says:

    Just goes to show their behaviour is no better than a bunch of drunken chavs on a night out in Cardiff.

    And they look down on the lower orders.

  9. 9
    Goats do it better says:

    Take up swimming lessons, Damian, is all I advise.

    And good quote, RED ED – the goddess from Palmers Green, born in Hull, interestingly,

  10. 10
    Beast says:

    Diddums !
    People do that for fun, he should have just jumped
    The very fact that a group of people decided to drop him off a bridge should tell him something

  11. 11
    Goats do it better says:

    Old school ties – FIGHT!

  12. 12
    Simon & Garfunckel says:

    Its the sound of silence

  13. 13
    a non says:

    In a world where AGW theory has been pushed to extremes it is little wonder that any mention of the word ‘Green’ , can act as a red rag to a bull for many.
    All salient points duly noted. But patience is golden. ;)

  14. 14
    carry hole is a complete hunt says:

    Yep, when you get too pretentious for Oxford students, then you need to sort yourself out. Nevertheless it is rather dangerous a friend of mine got fubared jumping off it.

  15. 15
    VoteUkip says:

    You have to read between the lines.

  16. 16
  17. 17
    VoteUkip says:

    Why do YOU consider ordinary people to be lower orders? Inferiority complex?

  18. 18
    Beast says:

    An ex freind of The Beast (PBUH) shows how it should be done, although as this is a politician the rope should have been arond his neck rather than his ankles

    Or maybe just forget the rope

  19. 19
    VoteUkip says:

    Gang bang.

  20. 20
    Pundit Too says:

    Interesting that after my advice yesterday to Conservative interviewees on Radio 4 Toady Programme to be more aggressive it seems to have hit a nerve. This morning Jim Naughty not only got a bloody nose from a Conservative euro sceptic, but also a follow up one-two from Leon Brittain, who 3 times mentioned that Blair gave up hard won social content opt-outs from Maggie and Major.
    Jim gave feeble comments like “let’s be serious” and “don’t be silly” when the euro sceptic made comment on well acknowledged BBC left wing and pro-EU bias. Lets hope Conservatives start taking master classes in this art form.

  21. 21
    Col. Nut says:

    It could have been grievious bodily harm.

  22. 22
    albacore says:

    If the entire LibLabCon gang had been drowned at birth
    Would that not qualify for celebration and mirth?
    Who knows – we might even have proper politicians
    Instead of de facto, clandestine coalitions

  23. 23
    Dave the Gutless Tosser says:

    Now, now. We must look after our PC multicultural diversity socialist propaganda broadcaster.

  24. 24
    Col. Nut says:

    They were just following orders.

  25. 25

    Latest : Calamity Camoron to put public safety at risk by privatising another part of the Probation service
    How the hell can i private company do the job for less than the public sector when they work for profit ?
    why did Disastrous Dave Fail to mention this in his Monday “love in” with Clegg

  26. 26
    Ed Militwat says:

    Mr speakter Mr speakter
    Vits clear Thvat Damian ventered the vwater villegally. Avest him now and vlock him up.

  27. 27
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Let’s not turn maudlin here…

  28. 28
    Synic says:

    New reality show opportunity — a public telephone vote to select the politician to be thrown off Westminster Bridge each week on prime time TV

  29. 29
    Mr Pedant says:

    Surely it’s a hypothesis, rather than a theory.

  30. 30
    CarryHole is a Utter Hunt says:

    Falsified Theory.

  31. 31
    CarryHole is a Utter Hunt says:


    Vibrant Diversity!

  32. 32
    a non says:

    I couldn’t spell hypothesis!

  33. 33
    Well-educated idiots says:

    Doesn’t it worry anyone that Oxford students, supposedly the brightest of the bright, think it’s a really good idea to jump off a 12′ bridge into 12″ of water?

  34. 34
    CarryHole is a Utter Hunt says:

    >How the hell can i private company do the job for less than the public sector when they work for profit ?

    Oh dear me… Have you heard of efficiency?

  35. 35
    Col. Nut says:

    It’s the vast majority, “the ordinary people” who ignore all the lies and shit showered on them by the political classes and still vote for complete wankers, if they vote at all. No wonder the Oxbridge louts feel superior.

  36. 36
    Dave"The One Term Prime Minister" Cameron says:

    Is this the return of the nasty party ?

    Yes,of course it is.

    Read it here


  37. 37
    Anonymous says:

    650 joint winners…

  38. 38
    Socialism is a severe mental illness says:

    Whereas the Liebour Party, which lied through its teeth to start an illegal war that resulted in the deaths of one hundred and fifty thousand men, women and children is not nasty at all.

  39. 39
    Impartial Observer says:

    Public safety? ha ha ha ha

    You obviously have very little knowledge of what that bunch of pen pushing slackers actually do.

  40. 40
  41. 41
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    How about Tower Bridge– from a walkway?

  42. 42
  43. 43
    Time 2 CTRL, ALT & DEL says:

    because they don’t have 35 days holidays a year plus bank holidays and gold plated pensions and half the year spent on diversity courses. They work in offices which are suite to the task, and not fitted out as luxury hotels with spars and relaxation rooms. In other words they make the staff work. Perhaps the uncival serve-themselves could try it sometime.

  44. 44
    Fuck 'em says:

    I’d throw the fucking pair of them off a bridge.

    Any fucking bridge will do.

  45. 45
    Anonymous says:

    When you privatise something IE railways ,gas ,electric ,steel, telecom ,mines
    ordnance , aerospace , oil and many more , all the profit that used to help pay for public services , now all profits go into shareholders bank accounts leaving billions of pounds in shortfall that has to be picked up by taxpayers
    The more you privatise , the more the taxpayers have to find

  46. 46
    Ah! ffs says:

    The LibCons have a long way to catch up on Labour, the real nasty party.

  47. 47
    MOD BOT says:

    When you privatise something IE railways ,gas ,electric ,steel, telecom ,mines
    ordnance , water , aerospace , oil and many more , all the profit that used to help pay for public services , now all profits go into shareholders bank accounts leaving billions of pounds in shortfall that has to be picked up by taxpayers
    The more you privatise , the more the taxpayers have to find

  48. 48
    bergen says:

    Whatever you call it, redEd was minister when the country committed itself to massive increases in energy bills to pay for renewables to counter what even the Met Office now accepts as 20 years of static temperatures.

    His ownership of high gas bills should be on billboards galore in 2015 if the Tories had any sense. Sadly they don’t and have Yeo and Gummer feeding at the same trough.

  49. 49
    William says:

    Now that’s a bridge too far!

  50. 50
    Yvonne from The Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    And where is Mr Galley today ?

    That is the question people are asking here in Clydach.

  51. 51
    Living in 96.98 percent white Merseyside says:

    Plebs then!

  52. 52
    Jimmy says:

    Finally we have firm evidence of the link between conservatism and being dropped on your head at an early age.

  53. 53
    Jimmy says:

    ps how is young Galley nowadays? Do you keep in touch?

  54. 54
    Jimmy says:

    Not heard anything since Guido sacked him. Poor mite.

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