Best to save this kind of material for the chamber…
As Guido first reported last night that 150 Oxford dons are threatening strike action over Oriel College’s refusal to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes, trade minister Greg Hands made the media round this morning to condemn the boycott and advise the woke academics to just get on with their teaching. Speaking to LBC’s Nick Ferrari, Hands said:
“I would just hope that universities get on with their actual job, which is teaching students and making sure that students get the best possible degrees […] it’s a very very difficult time for students, and a lot of them are paying a lot of money for the tuition fees […] so I would just hope that universities focus on their core mission.”
As Guido said yesterday, this woke posturing will ultimately only damage students.
UPDATE: Universities minister Michelle Donelan has also chimed in, tweeting:
“We fully believe in protecting academic freedom, but this apparent boycott is a ridiculous threat, given universities have a duty to prioritise access to good quality tuition – especially due to the pandemic.”
On tonight’s Live with Littlewood, we’ll be asking:
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Kay Burley’s Sven-Göran Eriksson interview turned into a fiasco as Lembit Öpik decided to try gatecrashing the chat – seven times. He’ll do anything for a bit of screen time.
It’s not been a great week for Lembit, after the Sunday Times also revealed he’s now been expelled by the LibDems for offering advice to clients on how to beat them in elections. Guido can’t imagine he was charging much for that advice…
Tory MP Danny Kruger was ordered to pay more than £700 by a court yesterday afternoon after his Jack Russell, Pebble, caused a 200-deer stampede in Richmond Park. Many have compared the clip to the infamous “Fenton” video from 2011. Kruger is said to have been “contrite and apologetic”. Oh dear…