Trafigura founder Graham Sharp\’s £3m gift to Oxford university causes anger
Donation linked to scandal-hit oil trading company should be rejected, say Oxford students and teaching staff
Cash the cheque and use it to educate people. It\’s the education that counts, not where the money came from.
Adam Bouyamourn, a second-year politics, philosophy and economics student at Worcester College, said: \”Surely it is socially, if not globally, irresponsible to provide this tacit endorsement of Trafigura\’s business practices?\”
For example, a philosophy student should know that the correct answer to any question which begins \”surely\” is \”no\”. An economics student should know that the source of funding is irrelevant, it\’s the use to which it will be put that is important. And a politics student should already know that posturing, while being the very essence of politics, does require not checking the dentures of gift horses too closely.
So, yes, there are things which can usefully be done with more cash at Oxford: like teaching second years some politics, philosophy and economics.