Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Overrated Oxford Grads

I had mentioned in my blog posting dated November 15, 2011 that Oxford graduates are thought too highly of, and not necessarily in a positive way. It is not just UMNO’s Khairy Jamaluddin. Did you hear the story about British parliamentarian Aidan Burley (left photo - inset) who, with twelve other Oxford-educated pals were in Restaurant La Fondue, an upmarket venue in the French ski resort of Val Thorens on December 03, 2011, where they – not all of them though – chanted Nazi slogans?

The Tory MP for Cannock Chase in Staffordshire and a senior aide to Transport Secretary Justine Greening was even labeled as the “candidate for Berlin East” at the stag night at which his accountant friend, Mark Fournier, dressed in an SS uniform, openly posed for pictures performing a Hitler salute.

It was revealed examining judges were set to look at video footage of the incident – it seems that a reporter and photographer from the Mail were at the said venue on that same evening but they were there researching a different story. Under the French penal code it is a crime, unless required for a film, a play or a historical exhibition, to wear or exhibit in public anything reminiscent of what was worn or used by the Nazis.

Burley did not take part in the Nazi-themed toasts or chants but he was photographed sitting next to Fournier.

And only on December 10, 2011 did Burley said sorry and he apologized again the following day in a desperate bid to save his career. Already, the Labor Party on Sunday had called for Prime Minister David Cameron to sack Burley for bringing “shame on the country”.

But his expressions of regret were “too little, too late”! And that’s my point – even if you’re an Oxford graduate, it doesn’t mean anything if you choose to talk and act stupid! Worse, not stupidly stupid but stupidly sickening!

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