A brilliant April Fool’s Day hoax by the students of Cambridge University.
It managed to even bring my favourite left-wing vox-pox out in support of Nick Griffin of the BNP, a fine achievement there folks!
Just goes to show the superior mental agility of Cambridge students.
It started with a po-faced article in the Cambridge Tab, a student run newspaper, which reported that Nick Griffin was to be stripped of his 2.1 degree in Law by the governing body of Cambridge University.
Naturally the Sun newspaper, part of the Murdoch news gathering empire which is so valuable, so necessary to news distribution, that it is being put behind a paywall to ensure that it can go on being able to afford all those fact checking journalists, lifted the story and printed it.
From there it was picked up by Lancaster Unity blog, long time opponents of Griffin.
The ‘Though Cowards Flinch’ blog, receptacle of the inimical words of that big girl’s blouse ‘paulinlancs’ then picked up the story and ran a long piece saying that although it was Nick Griffin that was being stripped off his degree that we should be against the move on grounds of precedent.
There’s also the problem of precedent: having removed a degree from someone for political reasons, it makes the threshold necessarily that bit lower for the next attempt. This politicisation of university degrees is not to be applauded; people rely on their degrees for their livelihoods and even fascists have to work.
I never thought I would see the day when ‘Though Cowards Flinch’ came out in support of Nick Griffin; but relying on the eminent words of Lancaster Unity, which in turn was relying on the eminent words of The Sun, which in turn was relying on a well placed student hoax – they did!
I await tomorrow’s edition of ‘Though Cowards Flinch’ to see how they extricate themselves from this one!