February 25th, 2013

Leaked Documents Behind Scots Court Silencing Student Paper

Ever mindful of the little guy, Guido read with some interest a report recently of a university student union going to court to silence its own student newspaper. The Guardian reported two weeks ago:

“Edinburgh University Students’ Association, a charity independent of the University, has been granted an interim interdict (the Scots version of an injunction) preventing publication of an edition of the weekly paper carrying a story based on those confidential documents. The content of the documents cannot be disclosed by anyone because of the interdict and it is not unusual to obtain such orders in confidentiality cases. What is unusual is the breadth of order sought by the Eusa, which asked for an interdict because of the reputational harm it would do to the body. It asked for an interdict preventing publication of any material that suggests the Eusa is poorly governed and whose management is inexperienced and unaccountable.”

Guido has got hold of the confidential documents in question that can be read here. He’s not quite sure how the judge thought that an article posted on the blog of the student directly responsible for the provision of services entitled “Why We Spit In Your Drinks” was not in the public interest. The elected official in question, a Max Crema, backed the legal action. Unsurprisingly…


  1. 1
    Just saying says:

    I was with you until I read that there was also a contractual relationship regarding the use of that form of media between the student body and the person whose comments was complained about. I can see why a court would be inclined to come down on the side of the complainants and might reasonably agree to an interdict.

  2. 2
    Tired old cliche says:

    Why don’t you report on the implosion of UKIP and the defection of one of its MEPs to the tories

  3. 3
    University of Arseholes says:

    The University of Edinburgh is full of brain washed- thick as pig shit- arseholes who need to go for a jog. Money grubbing arsewipes.

  4. 4
    Rustica says:

    This has got to a new level of ridiculous, but thanks for posting this for the little guy, Guido. Crema released statements last week that basically lied about what the Student’s interdict article said, he didn’t mention this grievance panel…

    Here’s hoping this kid doesn’t think he can graduate and go into politics!

  5. 5
    Person from Porlock says:

    Have to agree. It is strange that they did not cite this as the first reason.

  6. 6
    Bugler Bert says:

    Why should Crema be barred from being a LIebore MP? after all, the Commons is stuffed full of the shitty slobs – from Millibandit dowmwards………

  7. 7
    V.ermin says:

    mindful of the little guy “.

    The students are v-ermin. The University of Edinburgh is a drop in centre for brainwashed idiots who should be on the dole.
    Thanks to tax payer, the v-ermin are
    being funded for a four year jolly.
    They are brainwashed, money grubbing, spineless runts.

  8. 8
    rastus says:

    “Bugler Bert says:
    February 25, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Why should Crema be barred from being a LIebore MP? after all, the Commons is stuffed full of the shitty slobs – from Millibandit dowmwards………”

    Surely you mean upwards?????

  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    That’s very interesting. I’m employed thanks to the degree I got at the University of Edinburgh. I am still paying the state back a good deal of money for the privilege.

    I don’t directly thank the tax payer, but as I am one now I feel that’s pretty much close enough.

    I’ll admit, being a student wasn’t half as much hard work as real job but I couldn’t do my real job without the degree – so there we go.

    Rather than spineless, it’s very brave of you to insult a very large number of people from behind a username. Bravo.

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    University for Arseholes, you are a prat and know nothing!

  11. 11
    Anonymous says:

    Don’t feed the trolls.

  12. 12
    Fatal Defection says:

    UKIP statement on Marta Andreasen

    Friday, 22nd February 2013

    Following the resignation by South East MEP Marta Andreasen from UKIP and her defection to the Conservative Party, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said:

    “Having left the OECD, the European Commission and UKIP in unpleasant circumstances the Conservative Party deserve what is coming to them. The woman is impossible.”


  13. 13
    Jess The Dog says:

    When was a students’ association ever expected to be competent? Quick, ban those kosher baby milk ads appearing on Page Three right now!

  14. 14
    Tired old cliche says:

    Well they would say that wouldn’t they.

  15. 15
    Phantom says:

    “University politics is precisely so vicious because the stakes are so low”: Kissinger….

    Except if you are a lawyer…. and a student….

  16. 16
    Anonymous says:

    On the other hand, you are incredibly eloquent.

  17. 17
    Really? says:

    Thanks so much for that incredibly articulate contribution.

  18. 18
    The University of junkies and dogshite in Edinburgh. says:

    Who cares what these brainwashed pathetic scrounging Fuds publish? I am surprised that these pathetic, brainwashed arseholes- who are subsidised by the tax payers -can read and write. They are incapable of independent thinking. They need an instruction manuel on how to breath. They jog along polluted roads and breath in lung fulls of carbon monoxide which in turn rots their brains. They never do any work as they enjoy spending all their time queuing in shops waiting to buy microwave meals and ready boiled eggs. They are vermin who spread nasty viruses like the plague. The tax payers pay these jumped up school kids and for their pieces of paper in a tube which are useless except for wiping your arse with.

  19. 19
    Anonymous says:

    I dont believe you’re a tax payer

  20. 20
    Edinburgh Student says:

    You can’t even spell you fucking idiot. Unlucky Edinburgh rejected you, probably time to go back to school for those spelling lessons and stop wasting time crying on the internet!

  21. 21
    Ranting redhead says:

    Read blog http://perfidiousedina.wordpress.com
    To get insight and update on whole story
    Makes interesting read
    And some of the mythical so far from reality stereotypical comments re what students are all about make me laugh!
    Yes there are a few who may fall into category described
    However the majority have worked bloody hard to get there and continue to do so to follow a worthwhile career
    Bear that in mind next time you are in accident and emergency needing someone to save your life!!!!!!!!

  22. 22
    Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately, the interdict and injunction is still putting people off talking about this… even though the interdict is now irrelevant

  23. 23
    Tory Defector says:

    As an older student with multiple self-funded degrees in arts and sciences, I wish these children would get back into class and do some damned WORK and stop fannying around with stuff like this.And how the hell can they claim to be a charity with stuff like this going on ?

  24. 24
    simmo2012 says:

    Whilst Cameron/Clegg and Miliband are grieving or celebrating over the Eastleigh Bye election on face ,the new Justice & Security Bill is weaving its way through Parliament very quietly .The Bill will enshrine in Law CMP’s Closed Material Procedures ,it challenges two main principles of the rule of Law – Open Justice & Natural Justice .Under the Terrorism Act you can be detained for up to 28 days and when this act becomes Law you can be detained ‘Tried’ and convicted without Public Knowledge
    Cameron obviously favours this Bill because Privatisation issues will no doubt be held under a CMP -Similar to Blair repealing the Treason Act to cover his back over Iraq ,Cameron will sew everything up with CMP’s for Stealth Privatisation of NHS,Police and other National Bodies without Public Knowledge .But where is our Opposition – we haven’t one ,because papers emanating from Iraq and Libya implicate both Governments complicity in deals in exchange for dubious practices

  25. 25
    Nigel Farage says:

    Try saying what you mean.

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