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 ?


    • 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,


  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:


    • 7
      A Bob Troll says:

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


      • 12
        Simon & Garfunckel says:

        Its the sound of silence


      • 15
        VoteUkip says:

        You have to read between the lines.


      • 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.


  6. 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.


  7. 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


    • 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.


      • 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?


    • 19
      VoteUkip says:

      Gang bang.


  8. 11
    Goats do it better says:

    Old school ties – FIGHT!


  9. 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


  10. 21
    Col. Nut says:

    It could have been grievious bodily harm.


  11. 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


  12. 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


    • 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?


      • 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.


        • 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


      • 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


    • 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.


  13. 26
    Ed Militwat says:

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


  14. 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


  15. 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



    • 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.


    • 46
      Ah! ffs says:

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


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  18. 44
    Fuck 'em says:

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

    Any fucking bridge will do.


  19. 50
    Yvonne from The Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    And where is Mr Galley today ?

    That is the question people are asking here in Clydach.


  20. 52
    Jimmy says:

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


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