Sussex defintely doesn’t have a clue but it’s definitely the antidote to [disciplinary] panel games!
Last Friday’s disciplinary hearings, in which four students faced expulsion for publicly disagreeing with the University’s outsourcing project, collapsed entirely after human rights barrister Geoffrey Robertson QC – representing the students free of charge – forced the panel to disband after pointing out that the chair, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. Michael Davies, was blatantly biased.
Davies, who works on the team that proposed outsourcing on the first place, was specially chosen to chair the panel by Vice-Chancellor Prof. Michael Farthing – part of the same team – and during last year’s occupation, gave a radio interview to BBC Sussex in which he criticised the protestors in no uncertain terms. This obviously made him an ideal candidate to chair an impartial investigation into the conduct of those protests.
In a press statement released on Friday evening (I really do feel sorry for the poor press officers who get lumbered having to defend all this crap) the University decided to dig its hole slightly deeper by vowing to continue the disciplinary proceedings with a new chair.
Why didn’t they just say ‘we’re considering our position’ and leave the door open to a quiet climbdown?
Competition time: who should Michael Farthing appoint to be the next chair of the disciplinary panels? Suggestions received so far include: himself; the Managing Director of our new outsourced catering provider Chartwells; Pol Pot; and Mary Morstan (died October 1972).
Cruising for a bruising
Ryanair passengers “behaved like animals” this week when their journey from Morocco to France was delayed by over 20 hours. “Barbaric” customers raided the drinks trolley and stole duty free cigarettes, according to The Independent. Well, that’s one form of passenger feedback.
That ‘Aviation Enthusiasts’ Radio Times’ in full:
- This Is Your Liferaft
- Altitude, Altitude, Altitude
- A Day in the Life of an Air Crew [pilot episode]
- Hobson’s Vegetarian Choice
- An easyJet special of You Aren’t Being Served
- The OneWorld Partner is Not Enough
- The Last Stansted
- Never Mind the Bus Chocks
- The Case of Sherlock Holmes
- In an episode where the captain helps his first officer to navigate a tricky headland, it’s Call My Bluff
- Lord of the Fly
- And if you look outside the aeroplane, you’ll see Sky Plus
In defence of David Cameron
In the past, this blog may have given the impression that David Cameron is an upper-class bigot, a self-serving excuse for a politician and a scumbag interested only in lining his own pockets.
However, following accusations from a UKIP councillor that “it is the Prime Minister’s fault that large swathes of the nation have been afflicted by storms”, I must now apologise and admit that Cameron is a masterful leader, an inspiration to us all and had a father who loved Britain – although not the British tax system.
The bizarre accusation has been made by David Sylvester, a UKIP councillor in Henley-on-Thames, who told his local paper, “I wrote to David Cameron in April 2012 to warn him that disasters would accompany the passage of his same-sex marriage Bill, but he went ahead”.
“The scriptures make it abundantly clear”, wrote Sylvester, “that a Christian nation that abandons its faith will be beset by natural disasters”.
It was shortly after his letter in April 2012 that UKIP enjoyed record local election results, the greatest natural disaster of them all; so perhaps there’s something in it after all.
Anti-Semitism in football
No, it’s not Anelka this time, but the Chilean team Palestino FC. Originally founded by a group of Palestinian immigrants, they’ve been causing controversy this week after their new kits displayed the numeral ‘1’ in an unusual font (see picture).
Chile, which is home to the largest Palestinian community in a non-Arab country (who knew?) has been rocked with controversy as Jewish leaders condemned the kit.
One dubbed it “a lousy form of political violence,” and diplomats from the Chilean Embassy in Israel have been summoned to speak to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Police pleb scandal II: latest
Five of the best
- The Huffington Post: Sussex University, making the future or vandalising it? – someone you actually know quite well has produced an article of stunning erudition outlining the week’s developments on campus and what they mean for the future.
- And just to be cheeky, check out my views on Israel’s proposed ‘don’t call people Nazis’ law too!
- Adriano Mérola Marotta: My Sussex suspension – Farthing’s Five speak out.
- Buzzfeed: 16 strange things that have already happened in local newspapers this year – strangely the Brighton Argus seems to be missing!
- Distractify: 30 kids who wrote the meanest notes ever – children say the cruellest things etc.
- The Metro: Have aliens taken over the moon? – no.