Tag Archives: Oxford

Here’s what George Osborne’s student journalism was like

BuzzFeed, 18th March 2017

Co-bylined with Jim Waterson, BuzzFeed UK Political Editor

Former chancellor George Osborne has been appointed editor of the Evening Standard, despite limited experience in journalism. His most notable achievements in the media world were his unsuccessful applications for graduate jobs at The Times and The Economist, followed by a short stint on the Daily Telegraph’sformer diary column before he went to work for the Conservatives.

But while studying at the University of Oxford in the early 1990s he was much more active in journalism, editing a student magazine called Isis – which at that the time did not share its name with a terrorist organisation. Copies of Osborne’s editions of the magazine have vanished from Oxford libraries, but BuzzFeed News has located copies nevertheless.

Here’s what they tell us about Osborne the journalist.

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While papers whine about Oxbridge debauchery, student altruism gets ignored

The Telegraph, 1st March 2017

There’s something quite odd about coming down to breakfast on a Sunday morning, often with a thick head, and glancing at the paper to see that someone else is having a go at the place where you live.

I imagine it’s what it might have felt like to be a spy behind the lines during the war, when newspapers were full of news of your country’s terrible crimes, interspersed with op-eds about how we ought to fight them with all our strength.

I’m not fighting a war, of course, and I might not do any more than have a little chuckle before going back to my fry-up. But there is something oddly obsessive and single-minded about the way news of Oxford, and our fenland counterparts, reaches the press.

From consulting the papers, you might be forgiven for thinking that we spend most of our time celebrating the empire, campaigning against people who celebrate the empire, getting drunk in eighteenth-century period dress and burning money in front of homeless people.

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Oxford rowers embroiled in dispute with houseboat owners amid claims of egg and tomato throwing

The Telegraph, 3rd February 2017

Co-bylined with Camilla Turner, Education Editor

It is one of the country’s most prestigious sports clubs with an annual boat race that draws millions of spectators.

But now Oxford University’s Rowing Club (OURC) has become embroiled in a row with local houseboat owners, which has led to claims of eggs, tomatoes and insults being hurled at student boaters.

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Sorry, Giles, that’s not the Oxford I know

The Telegraph, 19th December 2016

Something was worryingly familiar about the tone of Giles Coren’s column for the Times this weekend, in which he wrote about the hopeless court case of Faiz Siddiqui, who is attempting to sue Oxford University for its substandard teaching and – by extension – his failure to get a first-class degree.

It was the same refrain I hear from some college alumni, who come back to the dining hall for an overpriced reunion dinner and slur romantically about their ‘Oxford days’ over a pancetta-rolled pigeon breast and too many glasses of Pinot Noir. Continue reading Sorry, Giles, that’s not the Oxford I know

Trump Will Work “Very Closely” With Theresa May, Says Former Campaign Manager

BuzzFeed, 17th November 2016

Co-bylined with Jim Waterson, BuzzFeed Political Editor

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager has said the US president-elect will work “very closely” with prime minister Theresa May rather than relying on UKIP leader Nigel Farage when it comes to negotiations between the two countries.

Corey Lewandowski, who was replaced as Trump’s campaign chief in the summer but remains in the next president’s inner circle, told BuzzFeed News bluntly that “there’s one leader of the UK, and Nigel’s not that leader”.

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Sajid Javid “should have been out on his ear”, says Lord Patten

Cherwell, 6th November 2016

Cabinet minister Sajid Javid should have been sacked by Theresa May for his criticism of the High Court ruling on Brexit, Lord Patten has said.

Patten’s comments came on Peston on Sunday, in which he sharply criticised the Communities Secretary for his public view that the court was wrong for its ruling that the UK Parliament should be consulted before Brexit. Continue reading Sajid Javid “should have been out on his ear”, says Lord Patten

Trinity freshers drunk and chanting during matriculation

Cherwell, 21st October 2016

Trinity College freshers were asked on Tuesday to make a charitable donation of ten pounds, to account for their “disgraceful behaviour” at Saturday’s matriculation ceremony.

In an email addressed to all undergraduate freshers, Trinity Dean Professor Jonathan Mallinson firmly condemned the actions of the freshers, whom he claimed behaved in a “noisy and undignified manner”, which he also described as “neither appropriate, clever nor funny”.

Freshers sang ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Wonderwall’ and chanted “what do we think of Merton?” at other colleges’ students inside the Sheldonian. One Trinity first-year told Cherwell that “this was interspersed with Mexican waves and lots of stamping”.

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