In early November, New Zealand news agencies began reporting on the ‘Roast Busters,’ a group of boys whose Facebook page and other webpages bragged about having sex with often drunk and underaged girls—and therefore effectively bragging about rape—even going so far as to name the girls.
While utterly ludicrous and a sorrowful reminder that parliament is dominated by richer, more frivolous versions of Bertram Wooster, I couldn’t help but find the recent energy bill expenses scandal pretty hilarious. As it transpires we, the public, have been effectively subsidising the riding school business of Stratford-upon-Avon MP, Nadhim Zahawi, owner of a 31 acre Warwickshire estate and a £5 million London residence, through his expenses claims of £5,822.27 for electricity in his stables. Zahawi is sadly struggling through life without a moat but I will be starting the ‘Moats for the Needy’ fund this Christmas so, please, dig deep and make someone-much-more-fortunate-than-you’s Christmas wish come true. But for anyone doubting that Zahawi is a stand-up guy he has earnestly remedied his ‘mistake’ (he didn’t realise he was only getting one instead of two electricity bills, the silly-Billy) and paid back all the money.
In the United States, we say that you’ve been denied a real college experience if you haven’t studied abroad. At the end of sophomore year, my campus was abuzz with students who were eagerly awaiting their upcoming semesters in a variety of exotic locations all over the world. I had friends who wanted to fall in love in the illuminated streets of Paris, to study biodiversity in the untamed wilderness of Brazil, to wake up to the sight of a Venetian canal, to wake up at 3pm on a beach in Barcelona with vomit in their hair.
Consequently, when I announced that I would be studying in a land renowned for kilts and haggis, and where Willie the Groundskeeper was the most recognisable cultural icon, I was met with a mixture of befuddlement and surprise. “Why Scotland?” people would ask, and even now, it’s difficult to express just what drew me to this little country in the corner of the world.
On the Wrong Track: Secretary of Glasgow University Young Conservatives expelled from the party over controversial blog post.4 Oct
This Tuesday the secretary of the Glasgow University Young Conservatives, Ruaridh Frize was forced to resign from his position and expelled from the Conservative party over comments posted on his controversial blog On The Right Track UK.
Though the article, originally published several weeks ago (and indeed the entire blog) were first limited to invite only and then later removed entirely, several readers took screenshots of the blog which began to circulate on social networks. In the most recent article, entitled “Why are feminists obsessed with exploiting rape?” Frize suggested that “…feminists could not care less about victims of rape; they’d gladly wheel her to the nearest abortion clinic, shove her in an ‘I Don’t Regret My Abortion T-Shirt’, take a picture for their website and then kick her to the curb”, compared students in state schools to wild animals and suggested that the “typical feminist isolation from men is very rarely through personal choice”, eliciting a string of outraged responses from commentators.
Qmunicate’s initial enquiry to GUYC requesting they confirm Frize’s position within their organisation and comment on whether such views were widely prevalent within the Conservative Party received a brusque redirection to Michael Tait, the Scottish Conservative Party’s media director, who later informed qmunicate that Frize had been expelled by the party.
When presented with quotes from the article by qmunicate Ruth Davidson MSP, leader of the Scottish Conservative Party and Honorary President of Glasgow University Young Conservatives, said that such comments were “completely unacceptable” and “in no way representative of the Scottish Conservative Party”. A Conservative spokesperson also went on record as saying the Scottish Conservatives “did not wish to be associated with these deeply offensive comments”.
Qmunicate also contacted SRC Gender Equality Officer, Clopin Meehan for comment on the situation but received no response.
Mr Frize has since privately contacted qmunicate in order to issue an apology.
The advent of the Arab Spring sent a democratic surge through the Middle East, inducing hopeful protests and fearful repressions in equal measure; a chronicle of approximate successes, such as Egypt, and abject failures, as in Syria. Ever since this populist flood, it has been the prerogative of pundits to speculate as to whether the consequent waters of electoral politics are of a fresh liberal nature, or possess a salty religio-fundamentalist aftertaste. Into this metaphor, and the region, have crept the self-interested shoals of foreign powers – China and Russia have staked out critical positions, the former quietly penetrating the Middle East’s precious economic currents, whilst the latter exerts itself in more obvious maneuvers. Meanwhile the allegedly endangered Leviathan of American interventionism lies dormant in the deep, preoccupied with internal affairs, excepting a small coterie of interested Senators (eg: John McCain, Lindsey Graham) who rumble President Obama into incremental actions.
Should consenting adults have to ask for David Cameron’s permission to view sex online? Unfortunately it doesn’t matter what your answer to that question is; it seems like the voters have no say in the matter.
This Saturday, 10th August, sees the return of the biggest LGBT event in Scotland as Glasgow Pride once more takes over the city for the day. Originally launched in 2004, this year’s Pride celebrations will include a walking parade around the city centre and live events and entertainment all day on Glasgow Green as well as after parties in venues across the city.
A Glaswegian nightclub has come under fire from both local people and international media following the introduction of voyeuristic mirrors within the venue’s toilet facilities. The Shimmy Club, situated in the city centre’s Royal Exchange Square, has been heavily criticised for the inclusion of interrogation room-esque two-way mirrors within the women’s toilets, offering paying customers the opportunity to rent out the bar’s premium booths and spy on unsuspecting women from behind the glass.
David Beckham, to the surprise of many, started for Paris Saint Germain in their Champions League match against Barcelona on Tuesday. Beckham has brought his media circus to the French capital since his move from the LA Galaxy. Lucy Howell discusses Beckham’s debut in France, which included a television camera dedicated to him: “Beck-Cam”.
Grab your pompoms and start dancing, as this years European Cheerleading Championships will be held in our fair city of Glasgow. Nearly 3,000 competitors from 34 countries are expected at the city’s new Emirates Arena for the competition at the end of June and the event is expecting to attract over 2,000 spectators for the two day spectacular.